Im Sung-jae

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Im Sung-jae
Personal information
Born (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 24)
Cheongju, South Korea
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Sporting nationality South Korea
Career
CollegeKorea National Sport University
Turned professional2015
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s)Japan Golf Tour
Web.com Tour
Professional wins5
Highest ranking16 (7 February 2021)[1]
(as of 4 December 2022)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour2
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT2: 2020
PGA ChampionshipT17: 2021
U.S. Open22nd: 2020
The Open ChampionshipT81: 2022
Achievements and awards
Web.com Tour
Regular season money winner
2018
Web.com Tour
Player of the Year
2018
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2018–19

Im Sung-jae (Korean: 임성재; born 30 March 1998), also known as Sungjae Im, is a South Korean professional golfer. Im won twice and was Player of the Year on the 2018 Web.com Tour. He was Rookie of the Year for the 2018–19 PGA Tour, and got his first PGA Tour victory at The Honda Classic in March 2020.

Professional career[edit]

Im turned professional in 2015. In 2016 and 2017 he played on the Japan Golf Tour, his best finish being joint runner-up in the 2017 Mynavi ABC Championship. In 2017 he finished 12th in the tour money list and 5th in the scoring average. He played a number of tournaments on the Korean Tour, his best finish being joint runner-up in the 2017 T-up Gswing Mega Open.

In December 2017, Im finished second in the Web.com Tour Q-school, including a third round of 60.[2] He won the first event of the season, The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming, at 19 years, 292 days, the second youngest winner in Web.com Tour history. Only Jason Day, at 19 years, 238 days, had been a younger winner.[3] Im had three solo runner-up finishes, in The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, the Knoxville Open and the Pinnacle Bank Championship, and finished the regular season by winning the WinCo Foods Portland Open. He led the regular season money list and was named Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

In the 2018–19 PGA Tour season, Im won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He became just the 13th rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup era, ultimately finishing 19th in the standings. Im led the tour in starts (35) and cuts made (26), and his 118 rounds were 18 more than the nearest competitor. He had seven top-10s in 2019, highlighted by a T-3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and finished 17th in strokes gained. Im joined Stewart Cink (1996–97) as the only players to be named the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons.[4]

On 22 September 2019, Im lost the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi in a playoff to Sebastián Muñoz.[5]

In December 2019, Im played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Im went 3–1–1 and won his Sunday singles match against Gary Woodland.[6]

On 1 March 2020, Im won The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with a final round of 66 and an overall score of −6. He finished one stroke ahead of Mackenzie Hughes, and moved to second place in the FedEx Cup standings.[7]

In November 2020, Im finished tied for second place at the Masters Tournament; five shots behind Dustin Johnson.

On 10 October 2021, Im won the Shriners Children's Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada for his second PGA Tour title in his 100th start. Im shot a final round 9-under 62 and won by four shots over Matthew Wolff, coming from three behind at the start of the day.[8]

Im qualified for the International team at the 2022 Presidents Cup; he won two, tied one and lost two of the five matches he played.[9]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 1 Mar 2020 The Honda Classic −6 (72-66-70-66=274) 1 stroke Canada Mackenzie Hughes
2 10 Oct 2021 Shriners Children's Open −24 (63-65-70-62=260) 4 strokes United States Matthew Wolff

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship Colombia Sebastián Muñoz Lost to par on first extra hole

Web.com Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 16 Jan 2018 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic −13 (69-69-72-65=275) 4 strokes Mexico Carlos Ortiz
2 19 Aug 2018 WinCo Foods Portland Open −18 (65-66-68-67=266) 4 strokes United States John Chin

Korean Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 13 Oct 2019 Genesis Championship −6 (70-74-71-67=282) 2 strokes South Korea Kwon Sung-yeol, South Korea Moon Kyong-jun

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2019 and in 2020.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Masters Tournament T2 CUT T8
PGA Championship T42 CUT CUT T17
U.S. Open CUT 22 T35 CUT
The Open Championship CUT NT T81
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 2 2 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Totals 0 1 0 1 2 4 13 7
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2021 PGA – 2022 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022
The Players Championship CUT C T17 T55

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022
Championship T29 T28
Match Play NT1 T42 T35
Invitational T35 T46
Champions T11 NT1 NT1 NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022.

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week 6 2021 Ending 7 Feb 2021" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ Stanley, Adam (12 December 2017). "Heroics, heartbreak at Final Stage of Q-School". PGA Tour.
  3. ^ Andress, Stephen (16 January 2018). "Im, 19, joins company of major champion with first win". PGA Tour.
  4. ^ Beall, Joel (11 September 2019). "Sungjae Im defeats Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year". Golf Digest. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  5. ^ Young, Ryan (22 September 2019). "Sebastián Muñoz wins Sanderson Farms Championship in playoff for first PGA Tour win". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  6. ^ Dusek, David (15 December 2019). "Presidents Cup grades: Captains, Royal Melbourne score high marks". Golfweek.
  7. ^ "With virus in mind, Korea's Sungjae Im wins Honda Classic, Canada's Hughes 2nd". Prince George Citizen. Associated Press. 1 March 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Im runs the table in Vegas victory". TSN.ca. Canadian Press. 10 October 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  9. ^ Beall, Joel (25 September 2022). "Presidents Cup 2022: Our grades for all 24 players, from an A+ for Spieth to an F for Scheffler". Golf Digest. Retrieved 27 September 2022.

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