The top 3 men’s golf world rankings will play in the same event for the first time this year. It was at the WM Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland), No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (27, USA), and No. 3 Jon Rahm (29, Spain) engaged in a fierce battle of pride at a press conference before the game.
At the official press conference of the tournament held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71), Arizona, USA on the 9th (Korean time)메이저사이트, McIlroy answered “yes” without hesitation when asked, “Do you think you are the best player in the world?” He said, “I am performing at my best throughout my golf life,” and “If you look at my record now, I cannot find any weaknesses. I worked really hard,” he stressed.
As he said, McIlro is the best golfer in the world right now. Starting with the Tour Championship, the final match of the PGA Tour held in August of last year, he won The CJ Cup held in October in a row. This year, he opened the new year in a good mood by winning the DP World Tour Dubai Desert Classic. He has won all of his last three matches.
Scheffler poured cold water on McIlroy’s bold figure. He said, “I’m currently ranked second in the world, but I can’t say I’m the second best golfer in the world,” he said. “The world ranking is just an algorithm.” It was a roundabout way of saying that world rankings are just numbers and do not mean much. “Right now, McIlroy and Jon Rahm (ranked No. 3 in the world) are competing for the title of the best player in the world,” said Schaeffler. He said, “(I also) don’t like number 2 very much. I want to be number 1,” he said.
Until last year, the WM Phoenix Open was not popular among top players with a total prize money of $8.2 million, but this year’s tour has increased its popularity as it is organized as ’17 special events’ designated by the tour. The total prize money has more than doubled to $20 million, and 18 of the world’s top 20 players will participate.