Golf, Tour Championship | Scheffler commands with Rahm right behind
The American issued a -5 card, which accumulated to the -10 he had for his good campaign
The Spaniard, who started with -3, made five birdies and two bogeys and finished tied for ninth with a total of -6
The American Scottie Schefflerworld number one, dominated this Thursday with solvency the first day of the Tour Championship, in which the Chilean Joaquín Niemann shone and in which the Spaniard Jon Rahm put in a great performance which places him among the best in the tournament.
The East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta (Georgia, USA) is hosting this tournament until Sunday, which closes the PGA calendar and is contested by the 30 best players on the circuit (except for the injury of the American Will Zalatoris , third in the standings). The winner of the Tour Championship will win the FedEx Cup title, which on the PGA Tour recognizes the best golfer on the course after regular season tournaments and a playoff system with three rounds at the end. The first of these three knockout tournaments was St. Jude, in which the circuit’s top 125 played; the BMW Championship was played later with just the top 70; and at the Tour Championship only the first 30 of the classification have already passed.
Another peculiarity of the Tour Championship is that, in order to recognize the achievements and merits of each player during the season, the best golfers they start one step ahead respect for the rest. Thus, Scottie Scheffler, who is at the top of the FedEx Cup standings, started the Tour Championship with -10, Patrick Cantlay (second) started with -8, Xander Schauffele (fourth) started it with -6, etc. . Counting on these questions, Scheffler fulfilled his role as favorite and closed Thursday with -15 in total (-5 in his run which is added to the -10 he had from the start) by scoring an eagle, four birdies and a bogey. In second place appears the also American Xander Schauele with -10 (-4 in this round and -6 out).
Without counting the shots of advantage, the best of this opening day were the Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick and the Chilean Joaquín Niemann with a splendid card of -6 each. Thus, Fitzpatrick is third in the standings with -9 overall and Niemann (an eagle, five birdies and a bogey on Thursday) is tied for fourth with -8 with American Patrick Cantlay. The standings can be a little misleading as Niemann had a fantastic day (from -2) while Cantlay, who was -8 before starting play, was only tied for the pack.
On the other hand, the Spaniards John Rahmwith good feelings, delivered a solid performance with a -3 card (five birdies and two bogeys) that leaves him with -6 overall (he had a -3 start) and tied for ninth with four other players .
End of season for the PGA Tour
The Tour Championship puts the finishing touch to a very convulsive, difficult and question-filled season on the PGA Tour due to the irruption of the controversial Saudi LIV Golf. With significant economic incentives for its players, LIV Golf aspires to run a tour that rivals the quality and prestige of the US-based tour.
In May, the PGA Tour denied players on its Tour permission to participate in LIV Golf, leading to disciplinary action and abandonment of the PGA Tour en route to LIV Golf by golfers such as the Spaniard Sergio García, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Brooks Koepka, the Mexican Abraham Ancer or Louis Oosthuizen, among many others.
To prevent more players from leaving, the PGA Tour has in recent months announced improvements to its prices and changes to its circuit – the latest developments in this regard were announced on Wednesday on the eve of the Tour Championship. Additionally, the TGL (The Golf League) was introduced on Wednesday, a new league promoted by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in conjunction with the PGA Tour that aims to unite golf, television entertainment and the latest technology in a new format.
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