Thursday, February 15, 2024

fans ruined party

 Last weekend at the WM Phoenix Open, the traditional party atmosphere devolved into mayhem, with rowdy fans disrupting the event more than usual, leading to a decision at one point on Saturday to shut the gates and stop alcohol sales.

While we’ve heard a lot about the chaos that unfolded at TPC Scottsdale, including a tournament organizer’s promises to make changes, we had yet to hear from the week’s winner, Canadian pro Nick Taylor.

Fans make a beer snake at the WM Phoenix Open.
Change coming to WM Phoenix Open after mayhem, safety concerns

Taylor put on a clutch display on Sunday to close out regulation and win a playoff over Charley Hoffman, backing up the reputation he previously burnished with a similarly-gutsy victory at last year’s Canadian Open, where he became the tournament’s first Canadian winner in 69 years.

WM Phoenix Open champion Nick Taylor speaks with reporters at the 2024 Genesis Invitational.