PGA Tour’s Phoenix Start Halts Admissions, Limits Alcohol Gross sales amid Crowd Concerns

Erin WalshFebruary 11, 2024

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 10: Max Homa hits a shot on the 15th gap throughout the continuation of the 2nd round of WM Phoenix Start at TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Path) on February 10, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Characterize by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR by Getty)

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The Phoenix Start is one in all the largest events on the PGA Tour schedule, however for the main time in tournament history, golf’s biggest occasion saw short-timeframe restrictions place in location with crowds surging at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday.

The tournament had to terminate the entry gates and halt permitting fans on the route round 2 p.m. local time because of it used to be too crowded. Alcohol sales had been also fleet stopped at several areas with spectators getting quite of too rowdy, in line with ESPN.

“Attributable to better than customary crowds, the WM Phoenix Start entrance gates are fleet closed and shuttle carrier to the tournament is on preserve,” the tournament said in a assertion on X. “Shuttle carrier support to parking plenty will dwell running. On a long-established foundation take a look at our channels for updates.”

Referred to because the “Excellent Deliver on Grass,” the Phoenix Start has prolonged been a fan authorized and hundreds and hundreds of spectators present as much as the tournament each and every twelve months. Fans basically congregate across the 16th gap, which involves a 20,000-seat grandstand that makes for a occasion plump of cheers, boos and beer showers.

WM Phoenix Start @WMPhoenixOpen

Genuine device. Identical energy.

Mr. Az @MrAzSports

Phoenix Start Gap 16 Beer Snake.

Custom’s in no contrivance halt!

Paige Spiranac @PaigeSpiranac

I would mutter he did no longer stick the landing

Josh Wamsley @BonafideWamz

Hour and a half of between the ending of the 2nd round and originate of the third round leaves no longer great to operate as antagonistic to drink at the #wmpo… issues are getting wild 😂 #wastemanagement #pga #WMPhoenixOpen

The tournament’s chance to position restrictions in location also comes after a girl fell from the grandstand on Friday and had to be hospitalized with non-life-threatening accidents.

The Phoenix Start stopped saying day-to-day attendance numbers in 2019.

The 2018 tournament is the biggest on narrative with 719,179 complete other folks attending the tournament. 2018 also saw the largest single-day crowd on narrative with 216,818 other folks in attendance throughout the Saturday round.

Crop Taylor and Andrew Novak entered Saturday’s third round atop the leaderboard at 12-beneath. Sahith Theegala, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth are also among the halt contenders for the title.

The final purse at TPC Scottsdale is $8 million. The winner will rob dwelling $1.6 million.

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