The wide-ranging Phoenix Open golf tournament got off to a somewhat unsportsmanlike start in the third round.
Arrests, drunkenness, brawls and closed alcohol sales should be keywords for a sporting event.
This was reported by several media outlets, including: Telegraph.
The tournament has been dubbed “The Greatest Show on Turf” (Norwegian: Best view on grass), has a reputation for being one of the least sports-focused events on the entire PGA Tour.
Public perception is said to have been further confirmed on Saturday when the mood among more than 200,000 spectators turned from bad to dangerous.
Many fans are said to have been denied entry due to weather conditions the day before. The common areas, which are actually grass, have finally turned into large piles of mud. It is said that they were later used as toboggan runs and party areas among many spectators.
At times, fans could be heard shouting in unison for more beer, and the police subsequently arrested and detained many fans after widespread confrontations and fights.
To the hospital
It is also said that a spectator ended up in hospital after falling from the grandstand when the crowd-favorite hole, No. 16, was played.
The injuries are not said to be life-threatening, but she is still under observation in the hospital.
The event's alcohol outlet reportedly remained closed after fans managed to force their way through the originally closed doors.
Throughout the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a total of approximately 500,000 fans attend over the course of four days.
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