ere was an American who loved to play golf, named Rod Wanamaker.
When the PGA Championship was established in 1916, he donated a prize money of 2,500 dollars, which was a large sum of money at the time, and a trophy to be awarded to the champion. Later generations put his name on the champion trophy to honor his achievements.
The ‘Wanamaker’ trophy, awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship, was born that way. It has a symbolism such as the green jacket of the Masters Tournament, the Claret Jug of The Open, and the US Open trophy of the US Open, which are the four major tournaments.
The Wanamaker Trophy weighs a whopping 12kg. It can be regarded as the largest and heaviest among the championship trophies of all golf tournaments around the world, including the four major tournaments.
Among the four major tournaments, it is the one most familiar to domestic golf fans. This is because Yang Yong-eun (51), the ‘Son of the Wind’, became the first major champion from an Asian country by beating Tiger Woods (USA), the ‘Emperor of Golf’, in the 2009 tournament.
The world’s best players will compete fiercely to lift this trophy, which is too much to lift this year. This tournament, not the PGA Tour, is hosted by the PGA of America, and will be held at Oak Hill CC (par 70, 7394 yards) in Rochester, New York, USA for four days from the 18th (Korean time).
A total of 156 players participated, and the total amount of prize money has yet to be determined. However, it is certain that last year’s total prize money will be more than 15 million dollars and the winning prize will be more than 2.7 million dollars (approximately 3.61 billion won).
This year’s tournament, which is the second major tournament of the season after the Masters, is the main point to watch, as in the Masters, is the ‘confrontation of pride’ between PGA Tour players and LIV series players. Among the players participating in this year’s PGA Championship, 18 are from LIV.
‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) will not be able to attend due to recent ankle surgery. Instead, it is expected that the competition to win the championship between world No. 1 to No. 3 Jon Rahm (Spain), Scottie Scheffler (USA), and Rory토스카지노 McIlroy (Northern Ireland) will lead the box office success.
Justin Thomas (USA), who won this tournament last year, will also try to win the PGA Championship three times, including in 2017. Thomas’ ‘best friend’ Jordan Spieth (USA) will solve the final puzzle of the ‘Career Grand Slam’.
2009 champion Yang Yong-eun, Lim Seong-jae (25), Kim Si-woo (28), Lee Kyung-hoon (32, CJ Logistics), and Kim Joo-hyung (21, Nike) will participate in the ‘Korean Brothers’.
Lim Seong-jae left for the United States in a good mood after winning the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship, which ended on the 14th at the Ferrum Club in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do, by a 5-stroke come-from-behind victory. However, I am worried about jet lag and fatigue accumulation.
Kim Si-woo was also on the rise after finishing runner-up at AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour last week. Yang Yong-eun, who is currently active on the Champions Tour, will compete as a former champion.
This is the fourth time that the PGA Championship will be held at Oak Hill CC after 1980, 2003, and 2013.
The variable is that the length of the course is 250 yards longer than the most recent 2013 tournament. Among them, holes 6 (503 yards) and 17 (502 yards) are par 4 holes over 500 yards. Hole 18 (par 4, 497 yards) has a narrow fairway, and hole 11 (245 yards) is also a long par 3.