Will the WM Phoenix Open 2024 end on Sunday? Will it end before Super Bowl 58 begins? With many hours lost this week due to rain and frost delays, the third round of the leaders was extended until Sunday. If all goes well, they could consider playing up to 30 holes to finish the tournament and prevent everyone from returning to TPC Scottsdale to finish on Monday for the first time since 2011, when frozen ground delayed the first round until Friday. One thing to note is that Scottie Scheffler, who won the Open the last two years, has quietly stayed in contention this week and remains within striking distance of the first Phoenix Open hat trick since Arnold Palmer from 1961 to 1963 Here’s a look at Sunday’s activities in north Scottsdale.
The WM Phoenix Open bills itself as “The People’s Open,” but with its boisterous fans… who are often overservedspecially in the 16th hole of the match, par 3 – and a different atmosphere, the PGA Tour’s annual stop in Phoenix might not be for everyone, especially old-school pros.
Zach Johnson could be a new name on that list. The 12-time Tour winner has made 14 appearances at the Phoenix Open since 2005, when it was the FBR Open. He made the cut in 12 of those starts and posted six top-25 finishes and one top 10. In other words, Johnson is no stranger to the scene at TPC Scottsdale, which made the video below even more curious.
The 47-year-old exploded at fans during the third round of the 2024 WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday, and the confrontation was caught on camera.
“Someone said it, I’m sick of it. “Shut up,” Johnson told a group of fans before security intervened on the tee box of the par-5 15th hole.
The Tour wants the WM Phoenix Open to be fun, but all that fun can come at a disruptive cost. It’s unclear what led to the interaction, and perhaps Johnson was justified in telling the fan to shut up. But if you can’t stand a hassle, then the People’s Open may no longer be for you.
You can also add Billy Horschel to the list. The seven-time winner got angry at a fan, rightly so, after someone in the gallery was talking during a player’s swing. This video may not be safe for sensitive ears.
With the third round and the final round still to be completed, players could be in for a long Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
—Adam Woodard, Golf Week
Don’t look now, but here comes Scottie Scheffler.
Amid all the rain, mud and frost that has plagued this tournament, two-time defending Phoenix Open champion Scottie Scheffler has quietly gone about his business. And even as fan favorite Sahith Theegala rose to the top of the leaderboard at 14 under, Scheffler caught fire Sunday morning, and at one point in Round 3 he was tied for second at 13 under par before hitting back on No. 14.
Before that bogey, Scheffler had made five consecutive birdies on holes 9 through 13, sinking a 17-foot putt on the 12th hole.
The third round of the WM Phoenix Open resumed at 8:46 a.m. after the scheduled start time was delayed several times due to frost.
Nick Taylor, the overnight leader, didn’t get off to a good start, three-putting the seventh green for bogey and falling back to 12 under. He is now tied with Sahith Theegala.
Sunday morning opening delayed due to frost
As anticipated, the resumption of play at TPC Scottsdale, which was supposed to take place at an optimistic 7:30 a.m., has been delayed several times. The latest projection for when the game will begin is at 8:45 am.
The leaderboard when play resumes shows Nick Taylor on top at 13 under par through six holes of his third round, followed by Sahith Theegala one shot back, also through six holes. Behind them, 15 golfers lurk five shots off Taylor’s pace.