Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland) ran for 14 consecutive weeks at No. McIlroy, who won the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) Hero Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money of 9 million dollars) the day before, is expected to firmly keep his seat on the ‘throne’ for the time being.
McIlroy shot a 4 under par 68 in the 4th round of the tournament held at the Emirates Golf Club (par 72, 7428 yards) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the 30th. McIlroy, who recorded a final total of 19 under par 269 strokes, lifted the Zechico championship trophy by one stroke over Patrick Reed (33, USA), the “bad guy on the field”. After winning in 2009 and 2015 for the third time, McIlroy’s winning prize is 1,407,598 euros (approximately 1.88 billion won). McIlroy, who won a total of 15 DP World Tour victories, collected the DP World Tour championship trophy three years and two months after the World Golf Championship (WGC) HSBC Champions in November 2019. He also returned to the top three months after the PGA Tour The CJ Cup in October last year. 메이저사이트
Reid, who threw a wooden tee at McIlroy for ignoring his greetings before the tournament, took the runner-up and jumped from 90th to 57th. McIlroy is leading the way in criticizing players who moved to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which was launched with funding from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, while Reed moved to the LIV Series last year. The PGA Tour prohibits players who have moved on to the LIV series from participating in tournaments, but the DP World Tour is open to LIV series players as well, and many LIV players, including Reed, participated in this tournament.
McIlroy won by a thrilling first stroke with consecutive birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. In particular, on his last 18th hole (par 5), he made a birdie putt from a distance of about 4.5m and cheered. Reid wielded a hard hit that reduced 7 strokes on the day and raised the rankings. McIlroy, who won the thrilling victory by beating Reed by one stroke, said, “It is a sweeter victory than usual,” and expressed his feelings about winning with Reed.
Lim Seong-jae (25, CJ Logistics), who tied for 4th at the Farmers Insurance Open last week and achieved his first top 5 of the season, rose from 19th to 18th, while Kim Joo-hyung (21) fell one notch to 14th.