Reporter Kwon Hoon = The PGA Tour Honda Classic, which will be held last this year, has become a B-class tournament that most of the top players avoid.
The US Golf Channel reported on the 18th that only 8 players within the top 50 in the world rankings will participate in the Honda Classic, which will be held from the 24th (Korean time).
The player with the highest world ranking is Lim Seong-jae (25), who is ranked 18th. Im Seong-jae is the 2020 event champion.
19th Billy Horschel (USA), 22nd Shane Lowry (Ireland), 30th Jeff Straka (Austria), 40th Aaron Wise (USA), 41st Alex Noren (Sweden), 47th Lee Minwoo (Australia), 50th Wie JT Poston (USA) and others applied for participation.
There is not a single top player within the top 10 in the world rankings.
Ranking 50th in the world is the criterion for qualifying for major tournaments. The level of competition depends on how many players within the top 50 of these world rankings participate.
In the Genesis Invitational, which took place in the second round, most of the players within the top 50 participated except for players who joined LIV Golf and were banned from the PGA Tour.
It was expected that the list of players at the Honda Classic would be so shabby.
The Honda Classic has been removed from the so-called “special events” introduced by the PGA Tour from this year, and has become a tournament where all top players take a break as it is sandwiched between “special events” in the schedule.
Top players are obliged to participate in the ‘Special Tournament’, with a total prize pool of at least $20 million. 스포츠토토
The Honda Classic is held following two consecutive weeks of ‘special competitions’ such as the WM Phoenix Open and the Genesis Invitational. In addition, after the Honda Classic, ‘special competitions’ such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship will be held for two consecutive weeks.
In the Sony Open, which is not a ‘special event’ like the Honda Classic, 14 players within the world rankings 50 participated, 17 players participated in the American Express, and 13 players ranked within the world rankings 50 in the Farmers Insurance Open.
Last year’s Honda Classic featured 11 players within the top 50 in the world rankings.
Honda, which has hosted the Honda Classic for 42 years, has already decided not to hold any more tournaments this year after the PGA Tour introduced a preferential policy for ‘special events’ last year.