Jon Rahm (Spain) won the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize money of $20 million) and returned to the top spot in the world after 11 months. Over the past three weeks, the world’s No. 1 spot has changed from Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) to Scottie Scheffler (USA) to Jon Lam (Spain), and the ‘Big 3’ is in a tense contest of strength. Tiger Woods, the ‘golf emperor’ who made a comeback after 7 months, completed 72 holes for the first time since the Masters in April of last year, showing his best play since a car accident two years ago.
In the final 4th round of the Genesis Invitational held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71) in Pacific Palisades, California on the 20th, Ram reduced 2 strokes with 5 birdies and 3 bogies to record a final total of 17 under par 267 strokes. Ram won the championship by two strokes over runner-up Max Homa (USA) and received a prize money of 3.6 million dollars (approximately 4.68 billion won). The Genesis Invitational is a special event sponsored by Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company and hosted and operated by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Ram won his third win this year alone, following the Sentry Champions Tournament and American Express in January.스포츠토토
This is the first time Ram, who has won 10 victories on the PGA Tour, has won 3 victories in one year, and he achieved it in only 5 tournaments.
Including the DP World Tour event, Ram recorded 5 wins in 9 recent tournaments, including the Spanish Open in October last year and the DP World Tour Championship in November. The prize money alone for his 5 victories reached 14.4 billion won.
Ram, who was ranked third in the world rankings last week, regained the top spot in the world rankings to be announced on the 20th with this victory. It is the first time in 11 months since March last year that Ram became the world’s No. 1.
Scotty Scheffler (USA) would have had to place second alone to keep first place if Ram won the championship, but tied for 12th with an 8 under par 276 strokes.
Ram, who was in first place with a three-stroke lead over second-place Homa until the third round, was unable to reduce the number of strokes until the 12th hole, reducing the number of strokes by four strokes and allowing Homa to turn around. However, Ram connected a 14m putt with a birdie on the 14th hole (par 3) fringe and added a birdie on the 16th hole (par 3) to escape by two strokes.
Woods (USA), who started an official tournament seven months after the Open in July of last year, lost two strokes that day and tied for 45th with a 1-under-par 283 strokes. Woods raised expectations this season by showing the power of his prime, such as hitting a long drive of 338 yards and recording a 4-under-par in the third round.
Kim Seong-hyun (25) tied for 33rd at 3 under par, Joo-hyung Kim (21) tied for 45th at 1 under par, and Seong-jae Lim (25) tied for 56th at 1 over par.