Zach Johnson is finished.
Why on earth? Well, everything, he says.
Johnson looked even worse for wear when he stopped to talk to local reporters Sunday evening after a marathon weekend at the WM Phoenix Open, which was filled with golf holes and chaotic fans. I got it arizona republic. A few hours ago, Johnson’s video went viral Getting into an argument with a fan outside the ropes.
“I’m sick of it…shut up!” Johnson yelled before stomping away.
Mr. Johnson was not alone. Billy Horschel was also picked up engaging a loud fan during another player’s backswing. The same thing happened to Jordan Spieth, who was seen on TV mouthing, “What the–?”
It was a wild WMPO, even by WMPO standards. Drunken fans egged on larger drunken fans to use the muddy terrain as a slide. At least a few fans lost control of their bladders in public. Some remained unconscious for long periods of time before being woken up by law enforcement. A woman fell from the bleachers during a game on the 16th and was seriously injured.th At one point Saturday, the atmosphere became so chaotic that tournament officials closed the entrance to TPC Scottsdale and stopped alcohol sales.
So what did Johnson, a 21-season tour veteran, think? Did this year’s WMPO cross the line?
“This tournament has been inappropriate and crossed the line since I’ve been on tour,” Johnson told reporter Theo McKee.
After a few back-and-forths, including one in which Mr. Johnson paused to ask the reporter who he worked for, Mr. Johnson elaborated a bit more.
“I don’t know what the boundaries are,” Johnson added. “But you’ve got people falling from the rafters, you’ve got fights in the stands. It’s already gotten to the point of how do you wind it up? Because it’s taking on a life of its own. Maybe the Thunderbirds need to do something about it.” I think there is. I think they’re embarrassed because at some point, somebody’s either going to get really, really hurt or worse. Six feet tall. There’s a woman falling from there.”
Tournament director Chance Cosby acknowledged the Johnsons’ concerns Monday morning on Golf Channel’s “Golf Today.”
“We have 365 days to resolve this issue,” Cosby said. “So I think you’ll see a complete change in the way we manage, actually Friday and Saturday, but the whole week. … I don’t like what happened on Saturday. The players didn’t like what happened on Saturday. We don’t like what happened. Our fans don’t like what happened on Saturday. There’s nothing wrong with that.
“We are going to make sure this never happens again.”
Johnson was also asked if he would return to TPC Scottsdale next year, to which Johnson replied, I would probably say no. But at the same time, I have no idea. ”
When asked why he got so emotional, Johnson replied: “Because I just played 54 holes in two days and I lost. And very much, it’s over. It’s over.”
“With this?” the reporter continued.
“It’s all said and done,” Johnson said.