‘Liberation of golf’ PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open, World’s 1st to 3rd rankers mobilized
The 1st to 3rd place in the world rankings will face each other for the first time this year at the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open. In this tour, the rankers are determined to fight as the world’s top spot owner can be replaced depending on the results.
This tournament has become more spectacular as the total prize money has more than doubled from last year’s 8.7 million dollars to 20 million dollars (24.9 billion won) this year, as it was included in 17 premium competitions.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA), and No. 3 Jon Rahm (Spain) have all confirmed their participation in this event, which will be held on the 10th at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. In this event, both Schaeffler and Ram can surpass McIlroy and rise to the top of the world rankings.
McIlroy, who recently won the DP World Tour Dubai Desert Classic, aims for his first victory in the PGA Tour New Year at the Phoenix Open.
At the official press conference on the 9th, McIlroy said, “I’m doing well now. I always feel like I’m playing smart. My performance is the best in my entire golf career.” I try to become a good player,” he said confidently.
Schaeffler, who is ranked second in the world ranking, will defend her title as she won her first career victory in this competition last year. He, too, said, “I’m currently number two in the world rankings, but I can’t say I’m the second best golfer in the world. I don’t really like number two. I want to be number one too.”
Rahm, who won 2 consecutive victories in 3 PGA Tour tournaments this year, is expected to compete fiercely against the world’s top rankers to win his 3rd win this season.
Korean players such as Kim Joo-hyung, Lim Seong-jae, Kim Si-woo and Lee Kyung-hoon will also participate. Lee Kyung-hoon was tied for second place in this competition in 2021, one stroke behind Brooks Koepka (USA). He recalled the last tournament, saying, “It was fun and it was a time when I was able to gain confidence.”
Starting this year, the PGA Tour gives bonuses under its Player Impact Program (PIP). To receive the bonus, players must participate in 16 of the PGA Tour’s 17 “premium tournaments,” including major tournaments. 온라인바카라
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Open is a tournament that attracts the most galleries among golf tournaments in the world. Since it is a golf course built in the middle of the desert, golf fans from all over the United States come by car during the tournament.
In addition, since tickets are cheap and open, many galleries visit this event, and you are free to wear slippers or wear revealing clothing.
In particular, in the par 3 16th hole, nicknamed ‘Colosseum’, the diamond-shaped grandstands from the teeing area to the green are like a festival. Here, as an exception, you can drink beer while watching the game, chat loudly with friends, and cheer to your heart’s content, breaking the solemnity formula of golf tournaments that ‘players must be quiet while playing’. When you hit a great shot or even a hole-in-one, there are cheers and applause that resonate with the earth, and sometimes beer cans are thrown into the course, so this hole is also called the ‘golf liberation zone’.