Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) needs a second round turnaround to keep the world number one.
McIlroy made two birdies and bogey in the first round of the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of $20 million) held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona on the 10th (Korean time). He recorded a 2-over-par 73 with 4 strokes and was tied for 82nd place.
This tournament drew attention as a fierce battle for world number one. McIlroy, who needs to be protected, and Scotty Scheffler (USA) and John Rahm (Spain), who want to take first place, all participated and expressed their desire to win.
Schaeffler said firmly, “I’m not interested unless it’s first place.” Then, McIlroy also showed confidence by shouting, “I am the number one in the world.”
However, McIlroy was shaken with an over par in the first round. Although the wind was strong, the fairway landing rate was only 28.57%, and the green hit rate was not good at 55.56%. Even at the DP World Tour Hero Desert Classic, he competed with recovery rather than shot, but on this day, scrambling was only 50%, and he did not show his advantage. 슬롯사이트
McIlroy, who committed a bogey on the 11th hole (par 4) in the first half, caught his first birdie only on the 15th hole (par 5). He seemed to continue his momentum by adding a birdie in the 17th hole (par 4), but made a bogey in the 18th hole (par 4), and recorded bogies in the 1st hole (par 4) and 7th hole (par 3) without a birdie in the second half. and left with regret.
If McIlroy misses the cut, it is highly likely that Schaeffler and Lam will regain the No. 1 position. Schaeffler, who is ranked second in the world ranking, tied for 19th with 1 under par, writing down 2 birdies and 1 bogey with 7 holes remaining while the tournament was suspended due to bad weather.
Ram, who has been in good spirits this season, also left 5 holes, recording 3 under par with 1 eagle, 2 birdies and 1 bogey. On the last hole of the day, the 13th hole (par 5), he made an eagle and finished the round in a good mood.
Meanwhile, among Korean players, Lim Seong-jae (25) tied for 19th with a 1-under 70 stroke. Kim Joo-hyung tied for 38th with an even par with 6 holes left, and Kim Si-woo (28) is also running an even par with 8 holes left.