Tiger Woods, the ‘Emperor of Golf’ that draws the most attention from golf fans, will participate, and an exciting stage will be held where PGA Tour players and LIV golf players who have become rivals will face each other. The 87th Masters Tournament, the first major tournament of the 2023 season, will be held on the 6th (Korean time) at Augusta National Golf Club (par 72, 7545 yards) in Augusta, Georgia, USA.
The Masters, one of the tournaments that male golfers all over the world most want to play and want to win, catches the attention of golf fans more than any other major tournament every year with the Augusta Course where dramas are directed and the famous matches of star players.
Most of all, interest in the tournament surged with Woods’ participation. Woods, who wore a green jacket in 2019, is in poor physical condition after a car accident in 2021 and is unable to participate in many competitions. He competed last year as well, but it was difficult to walk on the steep slope of Augusta. He says he’s been playing better this year than last year, but his legs are worse, Woods said.
For fans who remember Woods’ peak performance that changed the paradigm of golf and conquered an era, Woods’ injury and deterioration are regrettable, but just watching his game is exciting. 메이저놀이터
In addition to Woods, the confrontation between the PGA Tour and LIV players, who are in a tense relationship, is also interesting.
LIV players are allowed to participate in major tournaments and DP World Tour since LIV’s first tournament started in June of last year, but they are not allowed to participate in the PGA Tour. This is also the first time that LIV participated in the Masters. LIV players such as Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, and Cameron Smith want to build their pride by winning tournaments that compete with PGA Tour players, but even the strongest players on the PGA cannot hand over their victories. This is because the skills of the ‘PGA Big 3’, including Scotty Scheffler, the current world ranking and defending champion, Rory McIlroy, and John Rahm, are also at their peak.
The performance of Korean players is also worth watching.
In this tournament, Lim Seong-jae, Lee Kyung-hoon, Kim Joo-hyung, and Kim Si-woo are participating and aiming for the green jacket. The best performance ever by a Korean player is Lim Seong-jae’s second place in 2020, and Choi Kyung-joo has performed well with third place in 2004 and fourth place in 2010.
According to the grouping results announced on the 5th, Lim Seong-jae will play the first and second rounds in a group with Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Open Open winner Cameron Smith. Kim Joo-hyung, who has been slowing down a bit this year, has teamed up with Rory McIlroy and Sam Burns, and Kim Si-woo plays with Phil Mickelson and Tom Hogi. Lee Kyung-hoon was tied with Jeff Straka and Harold Varner III.
In addition, Tiger Woods will play against Xander Chopley and Victor Hoblan, and defending champion Scotty Scheffler will be in a group with Max Homar and former amateur champion Sam Bennett. Jon Rahm fights Justin Thomas and Cameron Young in the first and second rounds.