The matchmakers who knew how to win were different. Jon Rahm (Spain) won his 10th career win at the Genesis Invitational (total prize money of 20 million dollars) on the PGA Tour, becoming No. 1 in the men’s golf world rankings.
In the final 4th round of the tournament held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71) in Pacific Palisades, California on the 20th (Korean time), Ram tied 5 birdies and 3 bogeys to record 2 under par 69 strokes. Ram, who recorded a total of 17 under par 267 strokes, beat Max Homa (USA), who placed second alone, by two strokes to reach the top. Ram, who received $3.6 million (approximately 4.664 billion won) in prize money for his championship, increased his PGA Tour career multiplier to 10 wins.
Ram, who reached the top of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the American Express last month, won this tournament and achieved his third win of the season. This is the first time Ram, who has been active on the PGA Tour since the 2016-2017 season, has won 3 wins in one season.
His prize money this year is $9,402,750 (approximately 12.185 billion won). The prize money earned per shot is about 7,001 dollars (about 9.07 million won). Including the prize money tied for fourth place in The CJ Cup last year, the prize money Ram won this season is $9,864,750.
Judging by his recent performance, it looks like he’s figured out how to win. This is because he has won 3 wins out of the 5 competitions he has participated in since last month. Including the DP World Tour España Open and the DP World Tour Championship, which she won in October and November last year, she has won five of her recent nine tournaments. Ram’s concentration shone in this tournament as well. Ram, who was tied for second place, one stroke behind the leader until the second day, became the sole leader by driving 6 under par on the third day.
He was not shaken even on the final day when the winner was decided. Ram, who started the game with a solo lead by 3 strokes that day, put his first button well with a birdie on the 1st hole. His first bogey came out on the 3rd hole, but Rahm remained calm. He finished the first half in a good mood by catching two consecutive birdies on the 7th and 8th holes.
It is not that there was no crisis. Ram lost one stroke each on the 10th and 12th holes, giving Homa the lead. However, Ram was a winner. Homa did not miss the swaying gap with a bogey on the 13th hole. Ram confirmed the championship by catching birdies on the 14th and 16th holes. Ram said in an interview with the championship that day, “It was a difficult week. I am proud of myself for overcoming several crises and reaching the top.” I am grateful to all the people who believed in me and supported me so that I could rise.” 메이저사이트
Ram, who made his name in the top 10 including 3 wins in 7 competitions he participated in, including the 2022-2023 season event competition Hero World Challenge, enjoyed a double celebration of rising to No. 1 in the world rankings. Last week, world number 1 Scotty Scheffler (USA) could have kept the top spot if she placed second alone or higher in this competition, but tied for 12th with 8 under par 276 strokes and was pushed back to second place. It is the first time in about 11 months that Ram has risen to the top of the world rankings since March last year.
Ram’s performance in this tournament was recognized by Homa, who competed for the title. Homa, who compared Ram to the character Thanos in the movie ‘Avengers’, said, “Ram is a player who has no weaknesses from driver to iron and putt. I’ve known Ram since college, and Ram is really amazing.” Among the players, Ram is the one who hits the most consistently,” he raised his thumbs up. Ram, who has established himself as the strongest player on the PGA Tour, will begin full-scale preparations for the remaining four major tournaments in the season. Prior to this tournament, Ram had revealed his extraordinary desire to win the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, and The Open.
Homa, who recorded 15 under par and 269 strokes, took the runner-up, followed by Patrick Cantlay (USA) in third place alone with 14 under par and 270 strokes. Colin Morikawa (USA), who recorded 11 under par 273, was tied for 6th place, and Justin Thomas (USA) was tied for 20th place with 5 under par, 279 strokes. ‘Golf Emperor’ Woods recorded 1 under par 283 strokes and was tied for 45th place.
Among Korean players, Kim Seong-hyeon (25) recorded the highest ranking with a 3 under par and a tie for 33rd with 281 strokes. Kim Joo-hyung (21) tied for 45th with 1 under par 283 strokes, and Lim Seong-jae (25) finished this tournament with 1 over par 285 strokes for 56th place.