Sunday brought noise and chaos. After months of exhausting stress and player poaching and the Saudi-sponsored LIV Golf Invitational Series and some players won after being asked about the prestigious organization – and some of the same players who got it wrong anyway – Sunday’s events on the old PGA Tour managed to bring up an old topic: golf.
Golf came to a screeching halt when McIlroy came from a six-shot deficit to No. 1 Scottie Scheffler through the first seven holes and then outscored Scheffler to win the round, including the $18 million only bonus from the low-money tour. In what should have been some spectacular action, McIlroy and Sungjae Im shot 66s to Scheffler’s 73, leaving McIlroy at 21 and two under 20 after a week that started with Scheffler six shots ahead of the other two. in multiweek. scoring system.
“Honestly, I wasn’t giving myself much of a chance to make the fourth round,” McIlroy said. Masters champion Scheffler as player of the year and said, “I think he deserves this maybe more than I do.”
This thing went the PGA Tour’s loudest voice through slogansand so he said: “It will be difficult for me to go to Wentworth.” [in England] in a few weeks and see 18 [LIV players at the DP World Tour’s flagship event]. That didn’t sit well with me. So, yes, I feel strongly. I believe what I’m saying is right, and I think when you believe what you’re saying is right, you’re happy to put your neck on the line.
With that said, the weekend could turn to weekdays and LIV games – a supposed resumption of who can defect around the exhibition-style series, which had already captured 10 of the current top 50, though zero of the top 10. reports from Saturday hit the world No. 2 player, British Open champion Cameron Smith of Australia, with players ranked 18 (Joaquin Niemann), 44 (Harold Varner III), 53 (Cameron Tringale), 63 (Marc Leishman) and 93 (Anirban Lahiri).
Smith, 29 years old, topped the list, and played in an 87-degree position here, finishing 20th out of 29 participants. He arrived at the contest at No. 18 with Billy Horschel, and they seemed indifferent and responded with little except for the sound. the usual exclamation, “Woooo!” Horschel then spoke about something rarely mentioned: the people who will be missed. It turns out there may be some.
So Horschel played No. 18 trying to fend off a sense of sadness as he figured it might be the last hole he plays — except for the big ones, maybe — with his friend and fellow resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “I think there are people who are missing people, maybe,” Horschel said. “You know, I miss Ian Poulter. …He’s a guy I enjoyed being around. He’s a guy I loved playing with.”
Still: “If Cam goes, he’s the one I’ll miss the most.”
As he spoke after the week of the announcement PGA Tour changes following the PGA Tour’s 23-player meeting in Delaware, golf took off out there. It had started in the morning, and the weather wrap-delayed the third round, with Scheffler birdieing four of his remaining six holes to pull six shots. Then there was a break before the fourth round, so Scheffler and McIlroy and Jon Rahm and others had lunch together.
“We talked about restaurants in Dubai,” McIlroy said, and soon added, “I don’t know, I mean, anything but golf and money.”
The fourth round started two hours after the third round ended, and the trend started shortly after the fourth round started. McIlroy won No. 1, but so did playing partner Scheffler, who three-putted after leaving his first putt six feet. The latest: “He hit a shot on the fourth that didn’t look like Scottie Scheffler’s drive,” McIlroy said.
“For whatever reason, my swing wasn’t where it was the first few days of the week,” Scheffler would say, his 73 made up of four bogeys and just one birdie.
By No. 8, they stood tied, and in the middle of the back nine, Im had elbowed his way in between them, all within one shot. Then came McIlroy’s birdie drop down the bridge to the cup from 30 feet on the par-3 No. 15, tying him with Scheffler again, and then No. 16, which would decide things between the two. Both played carnival golf around the hole to get to the tough putts, McIlroy dropping from a bad spot behind the green and drawing one from the stick, but McIlroy making his feet from seven feet and Scheffler missing his from nine.
It was the first time all week that Scheffler trailed, 70 holes inside. Soon everyone was confused, and they hugged on number 18, and McIlroy didn’t know what to say because Scheffler was so good for so long this year – that, too, mixed. McIlroy soon told the crowd: “I believe in the game of golf. I believe in this tour, especially. I believe in the players on this tour. It’s the best place in the world to play golf, no bans, and I’ve played all over.”
And Scheffler recently even said: “Playing professional golf for a living is such a gift. For me, I don’t play golf to make money. I play to win tournaments, and I play to have fun and do my best and see where the game can take me. Today money It definitely didn’t cross my mind. I wanted to win the title all season long. I’ve had a great year, and I wanted to finish it off with a win here, and unfortunately I couldn’t do that. But at the end of the day, it’s a great gift to be out here playing golf to make money, and I can’t – I’m so grateful to be here.”
That concluded a certain day—and a certain season.