Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland)’s main weapon is a powerful driver shot that comes from a flawless swing that even his fellow PGA Tour players envy. Even ‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods asked his son Charlie to imitate McIlroy’s swing instead of his own.
Scotty Scheffler (27, USA), who won the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of 20 million dollars) on the 13th, makes a unique swing in which both feet slide when making a shot. In particular, in driver shots with a large swing, the position of both feet is clearly different from address and after hitting the ball. It is said that it was a habit that he developed while trying to maximize the repulsive power when he lost his distance in his junior days. He has a long hitting ability of 307.6 yards on average, but his shots are inconsistent. However, the accuracy of the iron shot with a little less foot movement is unrivaled. It is said that the secret is to reduce wrist cocking and simplify the backswing to increase accuracy at the moment of impact.
In the 4th round of the Phoenix Open, which ended at TPC Scottsdale (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, Schaeffler had a fairway hit rate of only 35.7% (5/14), but pulled out 1 eagle and 4 birdies without bogey, and scored 6 By reducing strokes, he recorded a final total of 19 under par 265 strokes, beating second place Nick Taylor (17 under par, Canada) by two strokes. 바카라사이트
Schaeffler, who won the tournament for the second time in a row, added a championship in 10 months after the Masters in April of last year, winning his 5th PGA Tour career. Since the Phoenix Open has been included in the 17 special events designated by the PGA Tour starting this season, Schaeffler’s winning prize money was 3.6 million dollars (approximately 4.6 billion won), more than double what it was last year (1.476 million dollars).
Schaeffler, who was ranked 2nd in the world, surpassed McIlroy, who was tied for 32nd (4 under par) in the tournament, and rose to the world 1st place. It has been four months since he lost first place to McIlroy, who won the CJ Cup last October. Schaeffler was thrilled, saying, “I am really proud to be able to rise to the top again by winning this competition where all the world’s top rankers, including McIlroy and Ram (third place), participated.”
Schaeffler, who started the final round with a sole lead by 2 strokes, allowed a joint lead with Taylor’s wave offensive, which reduced 5 strokes to the 10th hole (par 4). However, Schaeffler hit the waste area (a wasteland on the course) in the 13th hole (par 5) and entered the fairway with a 366-yard driver shot, followed by an 8-iron shot with 200 yards left at the hole 6m to catch the eagle and score one stroke. went to the front of the car. And in the 16th hole (par 3) of the ‘Heart of the Golf Liberation Zone’ where 20,000 seats were installed and cheers and boos intersect, Schaeffler made a 4.6m par putt, but Taylor missed a par putt half that distance, leading to a two-stroke lead. It happened. Im Seong-jae finished the tournament with a tie for 6th place (11 under par), reducing 2 strokes with 4 birdies and 2 bogeys, following the Shriners Children’s Open (7th place) in October last year and the Farmers Insurance Open (joint 4th place) last month. It was his third top 10 finish this season.