Schaeffler, Phoenix Open ‘2 consecutive losses’… Recaptured the world’s No. 1 in 4 months
19 under win… Defending the title McIlroy , tied
Scotty Scheffler (USA) won the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of $20 million) for the second consecutive year and ranked world 1st place back
In the final 4 rounds held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71), Arizona, USA on the morning of the 13th (Korean time), Schaeffler tied 1 eagle and 4 birdies to reduce 6 strokes and win with a total of 19 under par 265 strokes. He beat Nick Taylor (17 under par, 267 strokes, Canada), who continued to compete for the championship by reducing 6 strokes, by 2 strokes and received 3.6 million dollars (approximately 4.574 billion won) in prize money. The Phoenix Open, included in this year’s special competition, has more than doubled its prize money.
For Schaeffler, this is the fifth PGA Tour victory in about 10 months since winning the Masters in a major tournament in April of last year. “I’m really proud of myself today,” said Schaeffler. “My tee shot wasn’t good today, and my irons weren’t sharp. We didn’t have the best moments, but we played a great game.” For스포츠토토 Schaeffler, the Phoenix Open has a special meaning. Although he is the winner of the PGA Tour Rookie Award in the 2019-2020 season, he had not won until this tournament last year. In the end, at last year’s Phoenix Open, which was his 71st appearance on the PGA Tour, he won his first championship trophy after defeating Patrick Cantley (USA) after going through a third overtime. Afterwards, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the World Golf Championship (WGC) Dell Technologies Match Play, and the Masters consecutively, rising to the top of the world rankings.
The situation unfolded similarly this year. Schaeffler, who competed in the tournament as the world No. 2 after Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), won and if McIlroy finished with a lower score than the third place, he could regain the world No. 1 he gave away in October last year, but he finally did it. . McIlroy, who was considered the number one candidate for the championship, tied for 32nd with a 4 under par 280 strokes. Jon Rahm (Spain), who played in the championship group with Schaeffler and was aiming for world No. 1, reduced 3 strokes in the 4th round, but finished in 3rd place with 14 under par 270 strokes alone.
Among the four Korean players, Lim Seong-jae has the best performance. Lim Seong-jae reduced two more strokes, including a long-distance birdie putt of about 12 meters on the 16th hole (par 3), and tied for 6th place with 11 under par 273 strokes. Following a tie for 4th in the previous tournament, the Farmers Insurance Open, he entered the top 10 in two consecutive tournaments.