The US Open, the third major tournament of the PGA Tour season, opens on the 15th (Korean time) at the North Course (par 70) of LA Country Club in Los Angeles, California, USA.메이저사이트
‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) is unable to play due to injury, but stars of world men’s golf such as Yon Ram (Spain) and Brooks Koepka (USA) who won the Masters in April and the PGA Championship in May, and the previous two major championships A large number of participants are predicting a hot competition for the championship. All top 10 players in the world rankings, including world number 1 Scotty Scheffler (USA), 2nd place Ram, 3rd place Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), and 8th place and ‘defending champion’ Matt Fitzpatrick (England) will participate.
With the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF), announcing a blitz merger, what will players on the PGA Tour, who are inevitably feeling relatively deprived prior to the merger, compete against players from LIV Golf? It remains to be seen whether In two major tournaments this year, the PGA Tour (Rahm) and LIV Golf (Kepka) took the hegemony once each.
The United States Golf Association (USGA), which hosts the tournament, seems to have considered the news of the merger, unlike previous major tournaments that separated PGA Tour players and LIV golf players, this time, in the 1st and 2nd rounds of preliminary rounds, the main players from both sides were placed in the same group. Made another highlight.
McIlroy, Koepka, and Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) were grouped together. Even after the news of the merger, McIlroy was a self-proclaimed ‘PGA Tour keeper’ who bluntly expressed his opposition, saying, “I still hate LIV golf.” In particular, when Koepka, who expressed his opposition to the launch of LIV Golf, joined LIV Golf belatedly, he criticized him as a “double personality”.
PGA Tour Fitzpatrick, who is trying to defend the title, is in the same group as LIV Golf Cameron Smith (Australia), and LIV man Phil Mickelson (USA) is in the same group with PGA Tour Padrig Harrington (Ireland) and Keegan Bradley (USA).
The Korean players are Lim Seong-jae, Lee Kyung-hun, Kim Si-woo, and Kim Joo-hyung. Lim Seong-jae and Lee Gyeong-hoon will play the first and second rounds in the same group, and Kim Si-woo will compete with Patrick Reed and Matt Kucher (USA) in the preliminaries. The best Korean player in the Masters this year was a tie for 16th place between Lim Seong-jae and Kim Joo-hyung, and a tie for 29th place at the PGA Championship with Lee Kyung-hoon.