Emiliano Grillo started the FedEx Cup strong and there was a tense moment between Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith

Emiliano Grillo started the FedEx Cup strong and there was a tense moment between Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith

In Memphis, the birthplace of rock & roll and the blues, there was golf music. A chorus of birdies that made the TPC Southwinds course easy to hunt. The first season of the FedEx Cup is played there, which after three tournaments will distribute a total of 75 million dollars and 18 million for the winner.

We could speak of a solid first round of Emiliano Grillo, who used 67 shots (-3), after four birdies and only one bogey. However, there were much better routes, such as those from South Korea If Woo Kim and the American JJ Spaun, who shone with scores of 62 shots (-8) and is placed at the top of the St. Jude championship.

Emiliano Grillo, approaching the green on the 13th hole
Emiliano Grillo, approaching the green on the 13th holeANDY LYONS – GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

Cricket -30th in the standings- entered fully into the playoffs after a life-saving July, during which it secured two second places -between the two it played at the British Open- and notoriously raised its level of play He then opted out of both tournaments before the FedEx Cup kicked off and started this postseason streak ranked 56th in the points standings. For now, after Thursday’s session, he is projected to 54th place, with the certainty that he will have no trouble qualifying among the top 70 who will be part of the second playoff, at the Delaware BMW Championship.

However, the Chaco player will have to take advantage of a slack court and the good weather expected until Sunday, with the idea of ​​continuing to climb the board and obtain a better final position. This will give you more leeway to achieve the decisive match in Atlanta, which guarantees to play the four majors in 2023.

On the par 4 of the 12th hole, Scottie Scheffler and Australian Cameron Smith They had a very awkward moment. It happened that the local player He walked past Smith and took his line of sight as Smith read the fall of a putt onto the green, looking for a birdie. But not only that: he also set foot on the line. It’s an anomalous situation that caught the attention of the golfing community; Some said the world No. 1 broke the rules of the sport and others said he didn’t do it on purpose, perhaps because he was upset with his performance after missing a series of short putts and losing his rhythm. And apparently distracted.

The truth is that Smith looked at his colleague strangely, but kept his cool and continued to study the ball’s trajectory, even though it was striking that Scheffler didn’t apologize for stepping on the line. It is assumed that his attitude was related to the possible arrival of Smith at the LIV Golf Series, the dissident tour.

During the week, a report from the English newspaper The Telegraph announced that Smith, recent British Open champion in Saint Andrews, will join the LIV as soon as the three PGA Tour qualifiers are completed and would debut on the Arab League date in Boston in September. A few days ago, the Australian, second in the world rankings and in FedEx Cup points, dodged all questions about whether his future lay outside the traditional North American circuit.

During the first round of FedEx St. Jude ChampionshipSmith shared the land with Scottie Scheffler, number one in the standings and first in points. While the Australian totaled 67 shots and ranks 30th with Grillo, Scheffler had an erratic day and was relegated to 86th after a 71 (+1) turnover.

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