Reporter Kwon Hoon = The 1st to 3rd place in the world rankings will face off for the first time this year at the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open, which opens on the 10th (Korean time).
The WM Phoenix Open Organizing Committee closed the application process on the 4th (Korean time), and as a result, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA), and No. 3 Jon Rahm (Spain) all confirmed to participate. said it did
The WM Phoenix Open is the first time this year that the first, second, and third place in the world rankings compete at the same time.
The PGA Tour has held five events this year, including the ongoing AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but world No. 1 McIlroy has never competed.
McIlroy, who proudly won the DP World Tour Dubai Desert Classic as his first match of the year, is aiming for his first PGA Tour title in the New Year at the Phoenix Open. 바카라사이트
World No. 2 Schaeffler won his first career victory in this event last year, so this is his title defense.
Ram, who participated in three PGA Tour tournaments this year and won two, is once again trying to win his third win this season.
In addition to the 1st to 3rd places in the world rankings, 8 players within the top 10th in the world rankings have applied for participation.
Only World No. 4 Cameron Smith (Australia), who was banned from participating in PGA Tour tournaments due to LIV golf transfer, and World No. 8 Will Jaratoris (USA), who decided to take a break from this tournament, are missing.
Even if it is not, the heat of the Phoenix Open, which attracts the most galleries on the PGA Tour with a hot cheering culture, is expected to heat up even more.
This tournament is called the ‘golf liberation zone’ because cheering, which is taboo in golf, such as drinking, shouting, and booing, is allowed.
The fact that the list of players participating in the Phoenix Open has become so splendid is not irrelevant to the Player Impact Index bonus implemented by the PGA Tour starting this year.
In order to receive the Player Impact Index bonus, players must participate in 16 of the 17 ‘special competitions’ designated by the PGA Tour, such as major competitions and the Players Championship.
The Phoenix Open was included in the PGA Tour’s ‘Special Competition’. The total prize money has more than doubled from $8.7 million last year to $20 million this year.
Pat Williams, chairman of the Phoenix Open, said, “There has been a flood of applications from top-notch players.”