Can a player from LIV Golf, which was launched last year, win a major title?
The players of LIV Golf, who had become enemies with the PGA Tour, made great strides. Brooks Koepka (USA), who earned the nickname ‘major hunter’ before moving to LIV, took the lead in the third round of the PGA Championship, the second major tournament of the season.
In the 3rd round of the PGA Championship held on the 21st (Korean time) at Oak Hill CC (par 70, 7380 yards) in Rochester, New York, USA, Koepka took 5 birdies and committed 1 bogey, hitting 4 under par 66. Koepka, who scored an interim total of 6 under par 204, rose to the sole lead from a tie for 6th the previous day. Victor Hovlan and Corey Connors, who are in second place, are one stroke behind.
Players belonging to LIV cannot participate in general PGA Tour events, and the governing association can only participate in other major tournaments. Therefore, for LIV golf players who are hungry for ranking and fame despite receiving huge amounts of money, major tournaments are one of the few opportunities to give a shot to the PGA Tour, which treats them like ugly ducklings.
Koepka is the owner of a strong heart who won four out of eight career victories in major tournaments, including winning the 2017 and 2018 US Open and the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship.
In the Masters last month, Koepka, who led until the 3rd round and was tied for 2nd place on the last day after being beaten by John Rahm (Spain), is once again aiming for the trophy.
If Koepka wins, it will be a painful scene for the PGA Tour, but it can be a situation where LIV Golf, including CEO Greg Norman, can escape the image of ‘players who only make money’.
Hoblan, who will play with Koepka as a champion group, has three wins on the PGA Tour, but has yet to win a major tournament, and Connors, who has won two wins on the PGA Tour, has no major championship experience.
In addition, Bryson DeChambeau, another LIV strongman, is in fourth place with a 3-under par, so the proxy war between the PGA and LIV is strongly highlighted in this tournament.메이저놀이터
Scotty Scheffler (USA), world number 2, lost 3 strokes and was pushed down to 5th place (2 under par, 208 strokes) with Justin Rose (England), and Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), 3rd place in the world, lost one stroke in the 3rd round. , and rose three places to 7th place (1 under par 209 strokes).
World No. 1 John Rahm (Spain) lost two strokes and tied with Jordan Spieth (USA) and Adam Scott (Australia) for 42nd place (6 over par 216 strokes).
Lee Gyeong-hoon, the only Korean player to pass the cut, made 3 birdies, but made 8 bogeys and lost 5 strokes, slipping to 42nd place with a 6-over par.