Correspondent Hoon Kwon = Many of the LIV golf representative-level players who participated in the Asian Professional Golf Tour tournament, which were seen as one step below, did not live up to their name due to a large number of cuts.
On the 4th (Korean time) in the 2nd round of the PIF Saudi International Asia Tour held at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club (par 70), King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, World No. He hit a stroke, but failed to advance to the third round with a total of 2 over par 142.
Smith, who won the PGA Tour Players Championship and The Open last year and raised his stock price to the utmost, has the highest world ranking among LIV golf players.
Even after moving to LIV Golf, Smith, who was considered a strong player along with Dustin Johnson (USA) in this year’s LIV Golf by showing unchanging skills such as winning the DP World Tour Australian PGA Championship, lost face in the first tournament this year.
Smith’s plan to acquire world ranking points through the Asian Tour also suffered setbacks.
The PIF Saudi International is a tournament held by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Fund (PIF), which is the source of money for LIV Golf, as a ‘circumvention listing’ to the Asian Tour so that LIV golf players can receive world ranking points.
This is the reason why a large number of LIV golfers participated even though it was an Asian tour event.
Not only Smith, but also Phil Mickelson, Bryson Dishambeau, and Bubba Watson (both from the United States) were eliminated from the cut.
Mickelson shot a 1-over par of 141, one stroke short of the cut, and Watson shot a 2-over par of 142.
DeChambeau was very poor with a 7-over par of 147.
These are the players that LIV Golf acquired with a lot of money for box office success.
Mickelson and DeChambeau boasted that they had regained their previous performance by losing nearly 10kg and treating chronic diseases in the past three months prior to the tournament, but the results were not good.
Their plan to raise their world ranking even a little through this tournament was also canceled. 안전놀이터
At least in LIV Golf, Abraham Anser (Mexicon), who reduced 4 strokes in the 2nd round, took the sole lead with 11 under par 129 strokes, and Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) and Mark Leishman (Australia) tied for 3rd place by 3 strokes (8 strokes). I was able to alleviate my disappointment by competing for the championship, such as competing for the under par 132 strokes).
However, last season on the PGA Tour, Cameron Young (USA), the rookie of the year, finished second by one stroke, and there is a possibility that he could give the championship to a PGA Tour player in the home of LIV Golf.
Among the eight Korean players who participated in this tournament, Park Sang-hyun (40) finished the second round with the highest ranking, tied for 19th (4 under par, 136 strokes).
Park Sang-hyun shot a 4 under par 66 that day.
Kim Young-soo (34), who swept the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Grand Prize and prize money last year, tied for 49th place (1 under par, 139 strokes) with Moon Kyung-jun (41), and Lee Tae-hee (39) tied for 57th place (even par 140 strokes). get round 3