The US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour and LIV Golf’s relative record in 2023 is 1 to 1.’
It seems that the professional golf tournament, where the world’s top golfers compete to win, is changing into a team competition format. Rather than ‘who is the winner’, there is more interest in ‘where the player from which team won the championship’. In addition, the atmosphere is rising as the PGA Tour recently targeted LIV Golf, saying, “We will issue a one-year suspension to all members and non-members who play in unsanctioned tournaments.”
Abraham Anser (Mexico) of LIV Golf played Cameron Young (USA), former Rookie of the PGA Tour, in the 4th round on the final day of the PIF Saudi International, the opening match of the Asian Tour, which ended at the Royal Greens GCC (par 70) near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 5th (Korean time) and competed fiercely for the championship, and eventually became the main character of the championship trophy by 2 strokes.
Anser and Young were tied until the 7th hole, competing for the title like a match play competition. However, while Anser reduced two strokes with three birdies and one bogey on the day, recording a total of 19 under par and 261 strokes, Young recorded a heartbreaking double bogey and stayed in second place with a total of 17 under par and 263 strokes.
From the first day of the tournament, Anser kept the first place throughout the 4 rounds and recorded a wire-to-wire victory, which is the first record in this tournament. He also had the best day, earning a million dollars in prize money and a heap of world ranking points. In addition, the joy was doubled by winning against the ace, who was the rookie of the PGA Tour, and building the pride of LIV Golf.
This is the second time that a PGA Tour member and a LIV golf player have fiercely competed for the title. LIV golf players won the opening game of the Asian Tour, but the PGA Tour took the lead by winning the previous tournament. That’s why the match was 1v1.
At last week’s DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) Hero Dubai Desert Classic, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) recorded a birdie on the 18th hole against LIV golf star Patrick Reed (USA) to achieve a thrilling one-stroke victory. . “It’s a sweeter win than usual,” McIlroy said of the joy of winning against LIV Golf’s Reed. The previous nerve conduction also became a hot topic. Reed greeted McIlroy at the practice range before the opening, but McIlroy ignored it. Reed, who was offended, threw a golf tee at McIlroy, which spread to ‘Tee Gate’.
In the midst of the fierce out-of-court war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, Korean players maintained their pride by performing a buddy show from the opening game of the Asian Tour, which has grown in size thanks to generous sponsorship from Saudi Arabia.
Unfortunately, he did not make it to the top안전놀이터 10, but Moon Kyung-jun (41) recorded the ‘Daily Best Score’ by catching only 7 birdies that day. As a result, he tied for 12th place with a total of 9 under par 271 strokes and won $70,500 in prize money. In addition, Park Sang-hyun, who has reached the age of innocence this year, tied for 18th with a total of 8 under par 272 strokes. It is truly the fighting spirit of brothers. Effort is the driving force behind maintaining competitiveness even after the age of 40. Moon Kyung-jun and Park Sang-hyun laughed and said, “The only way to survive is to practice. The amount of practice is increasing every year.”
The attitude to learn is basic. Moon Kyung-jun emphasized, “I think the most important thing is to fill in the missing parts. As long as I live as a professional golfer, I will continue to study to improve the perfection of Moon Kyung-jun’s golf.” There is also confidence. Park Sang-hyun said, “The experience is so rich that it cannot be compared to players in their 20s,” and “I will definitely make my name known on the Asian Tour with precise shots and putts.”