Schaeffler regains world number one

made a splendid debut by becoming the rookie king only once in his life in the 2019-2020 season. However, since he did not win, the tag of ‘Rookie of the Year’ always followed him around. The event where Schaeffler won her first victory in her thrilling debut was the WM Phoenix Open held in February last year. Schaeffler, who had once tasted victory, changed completely. Just three weeks later, he collected his second trophy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and three weeks later, he won the World Golf Championship (WGC) Dell Technologies Match Play and rose to the top of the world rankings, wide open his era. 슬롯사이트

Schaeffler won the WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of $20 million), his first win in his debut, and achieved two consecutive victories, returning to world No. 1 again. In the 4th round of the tournament held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71, 7261 yards) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on the 13th, Schaeffler reduced 6 strokes by swinging 1 eagle and 4 birdies without bogey. Schaeffler, who recorded a final total of 19 under par 265 strokes, beat Nick Taylor (35, Canada) by two strokes and achieved five wins in 10 months after winning the Masters in a major tournament last year. His prize money of 3.6 million dollars (about 4.6 billion won) for this year’s championship is more than double the prize money of last year’s tournament. The PGA Tour significantly increased the total prize money by designating 17 tournaments, including the Phoenix Open, as “special events” to compete against the Saudi Arabian capital’s LIV series. The total prize money at the Phoenix Open rose from $8.2 million last year to $20 million.

On this day, Schaeffler and Taylor competed fiercely for the championship. Taylor, who reduced 4 strokes in the first half alone, threatened Schaeffler with a birdie on the 10th hole (par 4) to take the lead. However, Scheffler dropped a thrilling eagle putt on the 13th hole (par 5) and took the lead again. The game was split in the 16th hole (par 3), the symbol of the Phoenix Open. While Schaeffler made a 4.6 par putt, Taylor missed a par putt half a shorter distance than that and made a bogey, leading to a gap of two strokes. In the 16th hole of the Phoenix Open, which is called the ‘Gallery’s Liberation Area’ because high performance and booing as well as drinking are allowed, a huge stand that can accommodate 20,000 people is built, reminiscent of the ‘Colosseum’, a gladiatorial arena in the Roman era. Therefore, the fight against the ‘crowd’ is also important, but Taylor couldn’t overcome it. Afterwards, Scheffler caught a birdie on the 17th hole (par 4) and virtually confirmed the championship. Schaeffler, who was ranked second in the world before this tournament, pushed out Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland), who ranked first in the world, who was tied for 32nd (4 under par, 280 strokes), and rose to the throne again in four months.

Meanwhile, Lim Seong-jae (25, CJ Logistics) reduced 2 strokes with 4 birdies and 2 bogeys that day, recording a final total of 11 under par 273 strokes, tying for 6th place and achieving his third top 10 of the season.

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