Gangwon golfer Kim Si-woo (28, from Sokcho, photo) aims for a second win in the season at the WM Phoenix Open, the second “special tournament” of the PGA Tour in 2023.
Kim Si-woo will participate in the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open, which opens on the 10th (Korean time) at TPC Scottsdale (par 71, 7261 yards) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. His total prize money this year was 2 million dollars (approximately 25.09 billion won), more than twice as much as last year’s 8.2 million dollars. His winning prize also amounts to 3.6 million dollars (approximately 4.5 billion won). 토토사이트
The reason the prize money has increased so much this year is because the PGA Tour has designated 17 tournaments in the 2022-2023 season as “special events.” The 17 tournaments consisted of four major tournaments, the Players Championship, three FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour, and nine general tournaments. The PGA Tour has raised the prize money to prevent top ranked players from leaving the LIV Series, which was launched last year with the sponsorship of Saudi Arabia. Only the Sentry Champions tournament held last month had a total prize money of 15 million dollars, and all other tournaments have risen to more than 20 million dollars. Top rankers are virtually obliged to appear in this special tournament. Players who ranked in the top 20 of the PGA Tour Player Impact Index last season can only miss one out of 17 tournaments. In the Phoenix Open, 18 of the top 20 players, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), will participate.
Kim Si-woo, who won his first win of the season at the Sony Open, which ended last month in Hawaii, tied for 26th at the Phoenix Open last year. If Siwoo Kim wins this event, he will record two wins in his first season since his PGA debut. Meanwhile, in addition to Kim Si-woo, Kim Joo-hyung (21), Lim Seong-jae (25), and Lee Gyeong-hoon (32) have also completed sortie preparations. Lee Kyung-hoon was the runner-up in this competition in 2021. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Open is famous as a ‘golf liberation zone’. More than 500,000 galleries enter each year to enjoy drinks and cheer and boo the players.