Scotty Scheffler resurrected in ‘The Promised Land’… Men’s golf troika opened

  • February 13, 2023

The US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour WM Phoenix Open is a ‘golf liberation zone’ and a ‘golf test bed’ for players. On the 16th hole (par 3), which looks like the ‘Colosseum’, a gladiatorial arena in the Roman era, a gallery of 20,000 people come in and throw loud shouts and booing to their heart’s content. You can receive thrilling cheers that cannot be heard in any other game, but at the same time, you can lose your pace due to the momentum of the gallery. In other words, the ‘fight against the gallery’ is added to golf, which is a ‘fight against oneself’.

Scotty Scheffler (27, USA) has made history here for two consecutive years. Last year, he won the first victory in his life in this tournament and shook off the title of “strong man of no affiliation”, and this year, he won the tournament for the second time in a row and regained the world No. 1 ranking. This is the first comeback in four months since Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland) gave up the No. 1 spot.

In the final 4th round of the tournament held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71, 7261 yards) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on the 13th (Korean time), Schaeffler caught 1 eagle and 4 birdies without bogey and hit 6 under par 65. . With a final total of 19 under par 265 strokes, he won the championship cup by beating second place Nick Taylor (35, Canada) by two strokes.

For the first time this year, the first to third places in the world rankings participated in this tournament. Even before the start, “I am currently performing like the number one in the rankings” (McIlroy), “World rankings are just the result of an algorithm. “(Yon Ram, 27, Spain), etc., came and went.

Scottsdale’s choice was Schaeffler again this year. Scheffler’s game that day was not smooth. He started the game with a solo lead by two strokes, but struggled with a tee shot. In the meantime, Taylor cut 4 strokes in the first half only, increased the pursuit speed, and caught a birdie in the 10th hole (par 4) and pursued as a joint lead.

At the moment of crisis, Schaeffler won the game with aggressive play. In the 13th hole (par 5), he succeeded in 2-on, and he made an 8m eagle putt, turning the atmosphere around at once. In the 16th hole (par 3) watched by 20,000 people, he kept the lead by putting a 4.5m par putt. On the other hand, Taylor missed a par putt of about 2m and was pushed back by two strokes. In other words, he could not overcome the battle with the gallery.

As Schaeffler restarted the winning shot 10 months after the Masters in April of last year, men’s golf entered the ‘troika era’ of Schaeffler-McIlroy-Rahm in earnest. Their world ranking points differ by 78 points and 13 points, respectively. It is a score difference that can be overturned if one of the three players wins in the next competition and the other slumps. 4th place Cameron Smith (Australia) has a difference of more than 100 points from 3rd place Ram, and considering that he is unable to increase his world ranking points through LIV golf activities, the three-player troika system will inevitably continue for the time being. 슬롯사이트

Schaeffler finished preparations to relive last year’s good memories once again with the victory. The rookie of the year in 2020, he started with his first PGA Tour victory at this tournament last year, and in a month, he won three wins, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, rising to No. 1 in the world rankings. On top of that, he even won the Masters of the ‘Fighting Masters’ and swept the player of the year and prize money king.

McIlroy, who finished 32nd in this tournament and was pushed back to 2nd place, is also a strong player who can overturn the rankings at any time. He has such a perfect swing that the ‘Emperor’ Tiger Woods recommended it to his son Charlie. In addition, the momentum of Ram, who has won two wins this year alone, is also unusual. Finishing this event in third place alone, he placed in the top 10 in all eight tournaments he has participated in recently, including two victories.

Im Seong-jae (25), tied for 6th place, was the best Korean player in this tournament. On this day alone, he reduced two strokes and recorded a final total of 11 under par, 273 strokes, and recorded the top 10 for the second consecutive tournament.

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