‘Golf Haebanggu’ Who is the first Korean to win… Phoenix Open opens on the 10th

February 8, 2023 0 Comments

Criticism and high-pitched singing towards players, not to mention drinking, are allowed. That’s why the modifier ‘Golf Liberation Area’ was attached.

The US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour Waste Management 메이저놀이터Phoenix Open, which opens on the 10th (Korean time) at TPC Scottsdale (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Starting this year, the prize money has more than doubled from 8.2 million dollars last year to 20 million dollars (approximately 25.1 billion won). Among tournaments other than major tournaments, it is the second largest after the Players Championship (held in March, $25 million).

In October of last year, the PGA Tour upgraded four existing general tournaments, including the Phoenix Open, RBC Heritage, Wells Fargo Championship, and Travelers Championship, to special events. It is part of a self-rescue measure to prevent the outflow of affiliated players to LIV Golf.

As a result, the number of special events on the PGA Tour has increased to a total of 17 tournaments, including four majors, the ‘fifth major’ Players Championship, three playoffs, and three invitationals (Genesis, Arnold Palmer, and Memorial Tournaments).

The Phoenix Open is a popular event that attracts more than 100,000 galleries every year. In terms of the number of galleries, it is comparable to the four major competitions. Unlike other golf tournaments that require extreme silence, this is because you can cheer as loudly as in other sports venues such as soccer.

There are two major points to watch at this year’s tournament. First, it is whether or not a Korean player won the first tournament. The best performance ever for Koreans in this competition is a tie for second place by Lee Gyeong-hoon (32, CJ Logistics) in 2021. In this year’s competition, four players including Lee Kyung-hoon, Kim Joo-hyung (21), Lim Seong-jae (25), and Kim Si-woo (28, CJ Logistics), who are in the world’s top 50, will participate.

In the second, 22 of the world ranking ‘Top 25’ will participate and compete for the position of the best in name and reality. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) is on the PGA Tour for the first time in four months since The CJ Cup last October. World No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA) and World No. 3 Jon Lam (Spain), who are the ‘defending champions’, also threw their ballots.

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