Reports: Woman suffers injuries at Waste Management Phoenix Open's infamous 16th

A woman is said to have sustained 'non-serious' injuries after falling from the grandstand at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. 

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Sat, 10 Feb 2024
Reports: Woman suffers injuries at Waste Management Phoenix Open's infamous 16th

Tournament organisers of the Waste Management Phoenix Open have released a statement after a woman fell from grandstand at the iconic 16th hole. 

The incident occurred late in the afternoon on Friday during the second round at TPC Scottsdale. 

Police emptied parts of the stand near where the woman fell but allowed fans back in a short time later. 

It is understood the victim suffered 'non life-threatening' injuries. It was not clear if she had been drinking alcohol. 

Earlier in the day one fan was seen being being carried out after, we presume, drinking far too much. 

Fans were also recorded sprinting to the 16,000-seater grandstand earlier in the morning to get the best seats available. 

The statement from tournament organisers read:

"Today at the WM Phoenix Open, a fan sustained non-life-threatening injuries after a fall at the 16th hole. 
"The WM Phoenix Open works closely with local law enforcement, fire and medical organizations and the PGA Tour to strategically place emergency units throughout tournament grounds to promptly address health and safety situations.
"We will provide additional details if or when appropriate out of respect for medical privacy."

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The stadium hole at the PGA Tour event is known for its raucous atmosphere.

Tiger Woods memorably made a hole-in-one at the Phoenix Open in 1997 and year-on-year the celebrations appear to get wilder. 

Last year the PGA Tour fined two players for taking things a bit too far. 

Harry Higgs got into the party atmosphere by whipping off his shirt after sinking a birdie putt. 

His playing partner Joel Dahmen, of Netflix stardom, also took off his shirt as the crowd showered the pair of golfers with beer. 

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