The Players Championship, the fifth major tournament with the highest prize money among the 44 tournaments on the PGA Tour, opens.메이저놀이터,
The tournament, which will be held at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course (par 72) in Ponte Vetra Beach, Florida, from the night of the 9th (Korean time), is the 20th out of 44 events scheduled for the season. With a total prize money of 25 million dollars and a winner’s prize of 4.5 million dollars, it boasts the largest prize money among the tournaments scheduled for this season.
Boasting the highest authority and prize money among the four major tournaments, this year’s tournament features world No. 1 John Rahm (Spain), No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA), and No. 3 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland).
Except for Cameron Smith (Australia), who is ranked 5th in the world and is not eligible to participate because he transferred to the LIV Golf Invitational, virtually all top rankers will be on the field.
The PGA Tour has strategically nurtured the event.
Although the four major tournaments symbolize the PGA Tour, there are no tournaments organized by the PGA Tour. The Masters is held by Augusta National Golf Club, the PGA Championship by the PGA of America, the US Open by the United States Golf Association (USGA), and the Open by the R&A.
The reason why the Players Championship is called the ‘fifth major tournament’ is because it is the largest and most intensive among the tournaments hosted by the PGA Tour.
As much as that, the benefits given to the winner of the competition are also of a major level.
The winner receives 600 FedEx Cup points along with a prize money of $4.5 million and a 3-year Masters and 5-year PGA Tour ticket.
It is a special event in which 29 of the world’s top 30 players participate, but it is also the one with the deepest relationship with Korean players. Choi Kyung-ju (53) in 2011 and Kim Si-woo (28) in 2017 won twice.
Kim Si-woo, who won the youngest championship in 2017, will challenge to win the championship in six years.
Kim Si-woo, who got married in December last year, is living a happy newlywed life by winning his 4th career victory at the Sony Open in January. It is ranked 13th in the FedEx Cup this season and has only missed the cut once in the six competitions it participated in in 2023, and is ranked within the top 40 in all competitions.
Kim Si-woo starts the first round with 2018 champions Webb Simpson (USA) and Tyrrell Hatton (England) from 9:23 pm on the 9th.
Lim Seong-jae (25) is the only Korean player to be listed in the power rankings.
The best performance in the tournament was a tie for 17th in 2021, but PGA Tour.com evaluated Seong-jae Lim as “a capable person with all the skills that overpowered the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course.”
Lim Seong-jae will start the first round at 10:18 p.m.
Kim Joo-hyung (21), who is ranked 9th in FedEx Cup points, is also expected to have a blast. Kim Joo-hyung, who experienced two victories at the Wyndham Championship in August last year and the Shriners Children’s Open in October, is on the rise again this year, including a tie for 5th in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and a tie for 6th in the American Express, making his name in the top 10 twice. is continuing
His top 10 streak has stalled since February, but if he improves his performance, his third win is worth looking forward to.
On the 9th at 9:34 pm, Kim Joo-hyung will play World Ranking 4th place Patrick Cantley and 13th place Tony Finau (above USA) in the first round match.
In addition, a total of 6 Korean players, including Lee Gyeong-hoon (32), An Byeong-hoon (32), and Kim Seong-hyun (25), will participate.