Schaeffler regains world No. 1 in 4 months
– Lim Seong-jae tied for 6th place on the rise
Scotty Scheffler (USA) enjoyed a double victory of winning the WM Phoenix Open on the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour for the second consecutive time and recapturing the world No. 1 ranking.
Schaeffler won the WM Phoenix Open, which ended on the 13th (Korean time) at TPC Scottsdale (par 71), Arizona, USA스포츠토토, with a final total of 19 under par 265 strokes. Schaeffler, the winner of this competition last year, won her second consecutive title and won 3.6 million dollars (approximately 4.57 billion won) in prize money. He also added a win in 10 months after the Masters in April last year, and earned his fifth PGA Tour victory.
For Schaeffler, the Phoenix Open has a special meaning. He received the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award for the 2019-2020 season, but did not win until the Phoenix Open last year. He lifted his first trophy at last year’s Phoenix Open, which was his 71st appearance on the PGA Tour, 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.
With this victory, Schaeffler regained the No. 1 spot in the rankings, which she lost to Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) in October of last year, after four months. In this event, if Schaeffler won and McIlroy did not finish in the top three, he could have regained first place, but McIlroy tied for 32nd. Another competitor, Jon Rahm (Spain), performed well alone in 3rd place, but had to postpone reclaiming 1st place until later.
Among Korean players, Lim Seong-jae tied for 6th place (11 under par) and achieved the best result. Im Seong-jae showed an upward trend by climbing to the top 10 for the third time in this season’s PGA Tour event, following the Shriners Children’s Open (7th place) in October last year and the Farmers Insurance Open (tied 4th place) last month. In particular, McIlroy, Schaeffler, and Ram, who were ranked 1st to 3rd in the world rankings before the tournament, all participated, and it was more meaningful because it was a performance achieved in a tournament where 18 of the top 20 players appeared.
Kim Si-woo tied for 23rd (6 under par), Lee Kyung-hoon tied for 42nd (2 under par), and the highly anticipated “Rising Star” Kim Joo-hyung stayed tied for 50th (1 under par).