PGA-LIV, ‘fight for pride’ for 2 consecutive weeks in the Middle East
The American Professional Golf (PGA) vs. LIV battle of pride has been unfolding in the Middle East for two weeks in a row. Last week in Dubai, PGA’s Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland) and LIV’s Patrick Reed (33, USA) competed for the championship, and this time in Saudi Arabia, LIV’s Abraham Anser (31, Mexico) and PGA’s Cameron Young (26, England) faced off.
In the third round of the Asian Tour Saudi International (total prize money of $9 million) held at the Royal Greens GC (par 70) near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 4th (local time), Anser shot 6 under par 64 and took the sole lead with a total of 17 under par 193 strokes. . Following this, Young reduced 5 strokes and is pursuing a total of 15 under par, 195 strokes, and 2nd place alone by 2 strokes.
Saudi International is a tournament held under the auspices of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF), and a large number of players active in LIV Golf participated. World Ranking Points (OWGR) cannot be obtained in the LIV Golf Tournament, which is held in three rounds of 54 holes, but in this tournament, which is held in four rounds of 72 holes, OWGR can be obtained.
Anser, who has two wins on the PGA Tour, joined from the second round of LIV Golf last year. A sharp shot is his specialty. On the 18th hole 먹튀검증 (par 5) that day, Anser hit the third shot from a distance of about 100m, putting the ball close to the pin at a distance of 1.5m and catching a birdie. After the match, Anser said, “I am satisfied with my very solid play without any mistakes today.”
Young was the rookie of the year on the PGA Tour last season. He competed in this tournament with special permission from the tour. On this day, Young wielded a long hit and drove in 7 birdies. But the accuracy was disappointing. In the 18th hole (par 5), Young succeeded in 2-on, but ended up with a par due to a putt miss. Young predicted aggressive play, saying, “I will catch as many drivers as possible in the final round.”
Korean players were in the middle and lower ranks. Last season’s Korean Tour prize money king Kim Young-soo cut 2 strokes with 3 birdies and 1 bogey on this day to record a tie for 41st place with a 3 under par 207 strokes. Moon Gyeong-jun and Park Sang-hyun tied for 45th place, and Lee Tae-hee tied for 55th place for the final round.