Rory McIlroy, world No. 1 in golf, showed strong confidence before participating in his first PGA Tour event this year. On the other hand, Scotty Scheffler, who is ranked second in the world, showed a humble attitude and was ready.
At the official press conference held on the 9th (Korean time), the day before the opening of the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open, McIlroy answered “yes” without hesitation to the question, “Do you think you are the best player in the world right now?”
He said, “I am doing well now. He always feels like he’s playing smart. He said, “I can’t find any weaknesses when I look at my record now. I worked really hard and I try to become a player who is good at everything,” he said.
McIlroy rose to the top of the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship in the final match of the playoffs in August of last year, and took the top spot in the world rankings by winning the CJ Cup in October of the same year. He got off to a good start this year by winning the DP World Tour Dubai Desert Classic.
On the other hand, Schaeffler, who was ranked second in the world rankings after giving up first place to McIlroy in October of last year, humbly said, “I’m currently ranked second in the world, but I can’t say I’m the second best golfer in the world.” “Right now, McIlroy and Jon Rahm (ranked No. 3 in the world) are competing closely for the position of the best player in the world. The world ranking is a bit funny. It’s just an algorithm,” he added.
However, Schaeffler said, “I don’t like number 2 very much. I also want to be number 1,” he said, revealing his fighting spirit.
Lee Kyung-hoon, who finished runner-up at the Phoenix Open two years ago, said, “At the time, I played with Schaeffler and Justin Thomas. He said, “Before that, he had never played with such players.”
Lee Kyung-hoon also added, “This competition is more special because it is a way to be with the fans, and I am looking forward to it more because I achieved good results two years ago.” The Phoenix Open is also called the ‘golf liberation zone’ because you can drink, cheer, or boo at the venue. 카지노