PGA in trouble with the birth of a ‘surprise star’… Reigniting the no-cut controversy
A ‘surprise star’ was born at the Wells Fargo Championship, the ‘special tournament’ of the PGA Tour held on the 8th (Korean time). World ranking 80th place Wyndham Clark (30, USA, photo), who was close to being completely unknown until this tournament, beat the ‘big names’ and rose to the top. He made his debut on the tour in 2019 and never won a championship, and the story of how he tried to give up golf when his mother died of breast cancer스포츠토토 added to the impression.
Golf fans welcome Clarke’s winning story, but the PGA Tour is in unspeakable trouble. This is because the results of this tournament reminded us of the problems of the ‘no cut tournament’ that the PGA Tour is preparing for. The Golf Channel, an American golf media outlet, evaluated after the tournament that day, “(Clark’s victory left a question mark on the way the PGA Tour operates).”
The no-cut tournaments are tournaments that will be operated from next year to respond to Saudi Arabia’s LIV golf series, which the PGA Tour is building a confrontation with. Instead of removing Kurt, the number of participating players is limited to 70. The criteria include the top 50 FedEx points from the previous year, the top 10 FedEx points from the current season, and the players invited by sponsors.
If the Wells Fargo Championship had been held according to this standard, Clark would have been ineligible to participate in the first place. Clark’s FedEx Cup points ranking last season was 72nd. The Golf Channel analyzed that the possibility of a ‘surprise star’ like Clark will be further reduced because of the no-cut competition.
Jason Day (36, Australia), who once ranked No. 1 in the world, said, “There are many players in the world who can explode their potential.” came up,” he claimed. The same is true of Rickie Fowler (35, USA), who reigned as the world’s top player. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots will widen,” Fowler said.
Seizing the opportunity before the tour was reorganized, Clark succeeded in ‘reversing his life’ by winning the Wells Fargo Championship. Previously, Clarke’s best result was a runner-up finish at the Bermuda Championships in November 2020.
Among Korean players, Lim Seong-jae (25) and Lee Gyeong-hun (32) both tied for 8th place with a 9 under par 275 strokes, showing the best results. Im Seong-jae continued his upward trend by achieving his seventh ‘Top 10’ this season.