McIlroy vs Schaeffler vs Jon Rahm… World rankings 1-3 clash at the Phoenix Open
- on Feb 05, 2023
The organizers of the Phoenix Open of the American Men’s Professional Golf Tour (PGA) were caught in their ears. It is said that there is already a party atmosphere. World No. 1 to 3 collide head-to-head at the PGA Tour Phoenix Open. At the WM Phoenix Open, the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, which opens on the 10th (Korean time), all the world rankings from 1st to 3rd place will participate.
The WM Phoenix Open Organizing Committee announced on the 4th (Korean time) that world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA), and No. 3 Jon Lam (Spain) have all confirmed their participation. The Phoenix Open is the first event this year where world rankings 1st, 2nd and 3rd places compete at the same time. 안전놀이터
It is because of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy that the world No. 1 to No. 3 have never met. The PGA Tour has held five events this year, including the ongoing AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but McIlroy has never competed on the PGA Tour.
However, he chose the DP World Tour Dubai Desert Classic as his first competition, and proudly won the tournament, showing off his world No. 1 dignity.
World No. 2 Schaeffler won his first career victory in this event last year, so this is his title defense. Jon Lam is the hottest player these days. He has competed in three PGA Tour events this year and won two. He coveted McIlroy’s world No. 1 spot at the last tournament.
The reason why this tournament is hot is because it is a new release of cheering culture, which is considered sacred in golf. Drinking, shouting, and booing are all permitted. Therefore, it is more important than ever to control the emotions of the players, and the management of the competition is also important.
The Phoenix Open has been more influential than ever since this year. First of all, the total prize money has more than doubled from $8.7 million last year to $20 million this year. Here, the player influence index also has a big impact. 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’.
Meanwhile, the organizers announced that eight players from the top 10 in the world rankings as well as the top 3 in the world rankings have applied for participation in this tournament.
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.