Again, it is ‘Rambo (Yon Ram’s nickname) world’.
Yon Rahm (29, Spain) stood at the top of both competitions in the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour this year. In the final 4th round of the PGA Tour American Express held at the PGA West Stadium Course (par 72) in La Quinta, California, USA on the 23rd, Ram reduced 4 strokes with 5 birdies and 1 bogey, and finished second with a final total of 27 under par 261 strokes, Davis Thompson (24 ·U.S.) by one stroke. It was the ninth win in the tour career with a prize money of 1.44 million dollars (approximately 1.78 billion won).
Ram also won the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which ended on the 9th. The Sony Open in Hawaii, which ended on the 16th, did not participate. Ram won two of the three PGA Tour events held in January. Including the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour), which she participated in last year, the Spanish Open in October and the Tour Championship in the final match of the season in December, she is showing off her peak performance to the extent that she has won trophies 4 times in the 6 tournaments she has participated in recently. It is the first time in six years since Justin Thomas (30, USA) in 2017 that he won two wins on the PGA Tour only in January. Ram also leads the FedEx Cup with 1173 points.
Ram’s recapture of world No. 1 is also a concern. With the American Express victory, Rahm moved up one notch from 4th to 3rd in the world. On the 24th, Ram’s average point was 8.00 points, not much different from the 8.23 points of Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland), the world’s number one. If you win the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open, which will be held from the 26th, you can rise to the top spot again in 10 months since March last year. 메이저놀이터
Ram has a deep relationship with the 18th hole (par 5) of Torrey Pines GC, San Diego, California, USA, the site of the Farmers Insurance Open. He won his first win on the tour with an eagle putt on the 18th hole (par 5) of the 4th round of the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open held at the same venue. In addition, with consecutive birdies on the 17th (par 4) and 18th holes of the 4th round of the 2021 US Open, he held his first major championship trophy in his arms. The PGA Tour placed Ram’s name at No. 1 in the power rankings of this tournament and explained, “Isn’t it obvious?”
Lim Seong-jae (25), who tied for 18th place with Ram by 7 strokes at the American Express, ranked 7th in the Farmers Insurance Open Power Rankings, and Kim Si-woo (28), tied for 22nd (19 under par, 269 strokes), ranked 13th. Joo-hyung Kim (21), tied for sixth place (23 under par, 265 strokes), will skip the Farmers Insurance Open and go to the PIF Saudi International, the opening game of the 2023 Asian Tour held in Saudi Arabia next month.