The Waste Management Open, known affectionately as “The People’s Open,” has been as chaotic as a golf tournament can get.
You’d expect this kind of unruly behavior at a LIV Golf event, but the PGA usually holds itself to a higher standard. The tournament held at TPC Scottsdale is famous for having a rowdy atmosphere, but this year, those attending seem to be putting too much “wasted” into the Waste Management Open.
On Saturday, the tournament accidentally let too many people into the event, seemingly not even checking tickets all that closely, which led to the golf course being over capacity. The issues that came with that, along with those in attendance getting too hammered and loud, even led to a suspension of alcohol sales.
And that’s not the only thing that’s gone wrong for the PGA event. Weather has been abysmal, as rain, storms, and even cold temperatures have complicated the regular four day playing schedule of the event. The tournament has been playing catch up for most of the weekend, trying to get all four rounds in before Sunday.
It’s fair to say that all of those things put together has put a tinge of tension in the air at the PGA event, with fans being even more loud and obnoxious because of the unorthodox schedule of golf that has played out, and competitors being on edge because of the stress of trying to get the tournament completed.
PGA Tour professionals have been lashing out at fans, with Billy Horschel yelling at a fan for being too loud during another golfer’s shot attempt:
“He’s trying to hit a damn golf shot here. It’s our f**king job!”
Absolute madness, and the final round still hasn’t even officially teed off. Things will likely only get worse as the Waste Management Open tries to get their tournament in on time, and without any pro golfers squaring up with intoxicated patrons.
In other words, this famous scene from Happy Gilmore is playing out in real life: