Jon Rahm manages to stay No. 1 in the world…Kitayama wins for the first time in his life.
Jon Rahm (Spain) remained the world’s No. 1 ranking by his father’s
Jon Rahm hit even par in the fourth round on the last day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational (total prize money of $20 million) of the PGA Tour at Bayhill Club & Rosie (par 72) in Orlando, Florida, on the 5th.
Rahm, who recorded a total of 289 strokes in one over par, finished the tournament with a joint 39th place score, the worst this season. This is the first time Jon Rahm has been pushed out of the “top 10” this season.
When he took the lead at 7-under on the first day, Ram, who won three games in five recent competitions, was expected to continue his upward trend. However, in the second and third rounds, he was sluggish with four over par side by side, falling behind in the championship competition.
He also received a collaboration between No. 2 Scotty Schaeffler (USA) and No. 3 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), who surpassed No. 1 spot. If there was a winner among them, Rahm had to come down to second place again.
It was Kurt Kitayama (U.S.) who saved Ram from such a situation. On the last day, he overcame the bad news of triple bogey on the 9th hole (par 4) and hit even par to lift the trophy with a total of 9-under 279. This is his first win in 50 PGA Tour games.
Kitayama tied for the lead until the 16th hole with Schaeffler and McIlroy, but he took the lead by one stroke with a 4m birdie on the 17th hole (par 3). And on the last 18th hole (par 4), he secured the championship by blocking a 14m long-distance putt with a par.
Kitayama made his PGA Tour debut last year through Europe after going through the second-tier PGA Tour and the Asian Tour. And he announced his existence as runner-up in the CJ Cup last year.
Kitayama, who had won a total of $4.278 million in prize money on the PGA Tour, won a huge $3.6 million (4.66 billion won) in his victory. In addition, he also earned the right to participate in major tournaments such as the Masters as a bonus.
Schaeffler and McIlroy, who could recapture the world’s No. 1 ranking if they won the come-from-behind victory, failed to achieve their goals as they tied for fourth place (7-under-par 281) and tied for second place (8-under-par 280), respectively.
Schaeffler reduced the double bogey on the eighth hole (par 4) and McIlroy reduced two shots on the day, but he was caught by two consecutive bogeys on the first hole (par 4), the second hole (par 3), and the 14th hole (par 3), and the 15th hole (par 4).
Harris English (USA) tied for second with McIlroy, while Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, and Tyrrell Hatton (UK) tied for fourth with Schaeffler. 토토사이트
As a Korean player, Lim Sung-jae (25, CJ Logistics) tied for 21st place (the final total of 3-under 285 strokes) and performed the best. Kim Joo-hyung (21, Nike) tied for 34th (even par 288 strokes), Kim Si-woo (28, CJ Logistics) and Kim Sung-hyun (25, Shinhan Financial Group) tied for 39th (1 over par 289 strokes), and Lee Kyung-hoon (32, CJ Logistics) tied for 53rd (2 over par 290 strokes).