Monday Mar 27, 2023

‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods steps on the green in 7 months

‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) returns to the green of the American Professional Golf (PGA).

Tiger Woods will participate in the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize of $20 million) to be held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71) in Palisades, near Los Angeles, California, for four days from the 17th.

The news of the return of Tiger Woods, who disappeared from the regular PGA Tour tournaments for nearly seven months, is raising expectations among golf fans.

After missing the cut at the Open in July last year, Woods focused on rehabilitation and training and did not participate in regular PGA Tour events.

He made an appearance at the event competition, the PNC Championship, last December, but it was a two-day event and he competed while riding a cart. His performance didn’t stand out too much.

This time, as it is a regular tour event where all four rounds must be played, it is an opportunity to observe how much Woods’ physical strength and performance have recovered.

The Genesis Invitational is a tournament hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation, and 17 of the 47 regular PGA Tour events this season are held, including majors. All players of the world’s highest ranking will participate, and the total prize money will be 20 million dollars (24.9 billion won), an increase of 8 million dollars from last year. Woods, who won 82 wins on the PGA Tour, plans to present the trophy directly to the champion and take a commemorative photo.

The second match between Scotty Scheffler (USA), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), and Jon Rahm (Spain), who built a strong ‘troika’ system this year, is also exciting.

Schaeffler, who regained the world No. 1 ranking by winning the WM Phoenix Open, is aiming for the championship for two weeks in a row.

McIlroy, who ended up with an unexpected result of a tie for 32nd at the WM Phoenix Open, the first PGA Tour event he participated in this year, looks like he will seek revenge.

Rahm, who won two wins this year and jumped on a terrifying uptrend, is aiming for three wins.

2022 champions Max Homa, Xander Chopley, Colin Morikawa, Patrick Cantley, and Justin Thomas (above the United States) are also considered candidates for the championship. 스포츠토토

Im Seong-jae of Korea is also being mentioned by experts as a player with a high chance of winning. Lee Gyeong-hoon, Kim Si-woo, Kim Seong-hyun, and Kim Joo-hyung will also participate. Kim Young-soo, who won last year’s Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Genesis Championship, was also invited, and six Korean players participated in this tournament.


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