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The Phoenix Open is among the greatest occasions on the PGA Tour schedule, however for the primary time in match historical past, golf’s greatest get together noticed short-term restrictions put in place with crowds surging at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday.
The match needed to shut the entry gates and cease permitting followers on the course round 2 p.m. native time as a result of it was too crowded. Alcohol gross sales have been additionally briefly stopped at a number of areas with spectators getting just a little too rowdy, in response to ESPN.
“Because of bigger than typical crowds, the WM Phoenix Open entrance gates are briefly closed and shuttle service to the occasion is on maintain,” the match stated in a statement on X. “Shuttle service again to parking tons will stay operating. Often examine our channels for updates.”
Generally known as the “Biggest Present on Grass,” the Phoenix Open has lengthy been a fan favourite and a whole bunch of hundreds of spectators present as much as the match every year. Followers primarily congregate across the sixteenth gap, which features a 20,000-seat grandstand that makes for a celebration stuffed with cheers, boos and beer showers.
WM Phoenix Open @WMPhoenixOpen
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Mr. Az @MrAzSports
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Custom’s by no means cease! pic.twitter.com/2rFN3OvTZ9
Paige Spiranac @PaigeSpiranac
I might say he didn’t stick the touchdown pic.twitter.com/Y8bI8Eu9IK
Josh Wamsley @BonafideWamz
Hour and a half between the ending of the 2nd spherical and begin of the third spherical leaves not a lot to do apart from drink on the #wmpo… issues are getting wild 😂 #wastemanagement #pga #WMPhoenixOpen pic.twitter.com/TiiMnHNyYX
The match’s choice to place restrictions in place additionally comes after a girl fell from the grandstand on Friday and had to be hospitalized with non-life-threatening accidents.
The Phoenix Open stopped asserting every day attendance numbers in 2019.
The 2018 match is the largest on record with 719,179 complete folks attending the occasion. 2018 additionally noticed the biggest single-day crowd on document with 216,818 folks in attendance throughout the Saturday spherical.
Nick Taylor and Andrew Novak entered Saturday’s third spherical atop the leaderboard at 12-under. Sahith Theegala, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth are additionally among the many high contenders for the title.
The general purse at TPC Scottsdale is $8 million. The winner will take residence $1.6 million.