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Johnson, Horschel clash with spectators at Phoenix Open

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Johnson was filmed remonstrating with fans at TPC Scottsdale and could be heard telling them “I’m sick of it”, before demanding they “just shut up”.

It was not apparent from the clip, which was posted on social media, what prompted the former U.S Ryder Cup captain to lose his temper during the final round on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

In a separate incident, Horschel was seen remonstrating with a spectator for calling out while one of his playing partners, qualifier Nicolo Galletti, was about to hit a shot.

“Buddy, when he’s over a shot shut the hell up man,” Horschel shouted.

“He’s trying to hit a damn golf shot here – it’s our f*****g job.”

The WM Phoenix Open is one of the best-attended tournaments in U.S golf, but the behaviour of some fans has again attracted more attention than the golf itself.

One man was arrested after jumping over the ropes and diving into a greenside bunker on the par-3 16th, where he proceeded to perform “snow angels” in the sand.

Tournament officials were forced to shut spectator gates earlier than planned after being overwhelmed by the turnout, and sales of alcohol were temporarily halted.

Former BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong Hun An took to social media to brand the event a “s***show” that was “totally out of control on every hole”.

“Played here multiple times over the years and it was fine until today,” he said.

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