Rowdy galleries and hecklers rankled golfers like Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel on Saturday at TPC Scottsdale
Pro golfers Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel clapped back at fans’ unruly behavior over the weekend at the Phoenix Open.
Officials at the event, which has a reputation on the PGA Tour for its party atmosphere and large crowds, shut the gates on ticketed fans on Saturday afternoon after a mix of muddy conditions, alcohol and huge galleries created havoc — at least as far as some players were concerned.
An agitated Johnson was caught on camera yelling at a group, according to a video widely circulated on social media.
"Don't 'sir' me," Johnson, 47, angrily told hecklers in a video shared on Instagram after they pestered him about his performance as Ryder Cup captain. "Somebody said it. I'm just sick of it. Just shut up!"
Meanwhile, Spieth was clearly annoyed after a fan yelled at his backswing: "What the f---?" he yelled, according to ESPN.
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Horschel also had enough after fan noise interrupted fellow competitor Nicolo Galletti on the 11th hole.
"Buddy, when he's over the shot, shut the hell up, man," Horschel yelled at a fan, per ESPN. "Come on, he's trying to hit a damn golf shot here. It's our f---ing job."
This year’s tournament, held at TPC Scottsdale, featured rowdy crowds, but tempers flared — and alcohol was cut off — when many fans were forced to convene in tight quarters due to the weather.
“The course conditions were not normal due to the mud and rain,” Allison Sempsis, Scottsdale Police Department public information officer, told the Arizona Republic. “This resulted in the large crowds only occupying a small portion of the course and caused a large buildup of crowds.”
The tournament stopped announcing its attendance in 2019, but the last time crowd estimates were made public, over 200,000 fans attended the third round on a Saturday, per the newspaper.
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