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WM Phoenix Open Sees a Rise in Arrests and Ejections

The 2024 WM Phoenix Open experienced an increase in arrests and ejections. At one point during the weekend, alcohol sales were stopped and the gates were closed.

According to the Scottsdale Police Department, the TPC Scottsdale tournament, which took place from Thursday to Sunday, led to 54 arrests and 211 individuals being removed from the event. These ejections may have been a result of noncompliance with alcohol regulations, or breaking PGA rules.

During the 2023 competition, which took place on the same weekend as the Super Bowl in Glendale, there were only 18 arrests and 102 ejections.

The number of service calls rose from 558 in 2023 to 653 in 2024.

The tournament’s yearly competition began on a challenging note on Thursday as heavy rain caused delays in the day’s events.

On Friday, a woman was taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained from falling through the bleachers at the renowned 16th Hole. Fortunately, her injuries were not deemed life-threatening.

On the following day, the gates of the tournament were closed temporarily in light of the deteriorating weather conditions and the concern for public safety. This resulted in the refusal of entry for many ticket holders. Conditions on the course were incredibly muddy which caused most of the foot traffic on the paths causing major congestion, which was a concern for officials. Videos emerging from the event showing attendees slipping and falling down hills due to the wet grass.

On Saturday, the closing of the gates also led to the suspension of alcohol sales.

Official crowd numbers have not been released by the Thunderbirds who host the WM Phoenix Open every year. Some suspect that Saturday saw record crowds.

On Sunday, in the final round of the tournament, Canadian Nick Taylor emerge victorious after beating Charley Hoffman in a playoff.