Im Sung-jae

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Im Sung-jae
Personal information
Born (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 21)
Jeju Island, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Turned professional2015
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Japan Golf Tour Tour
Professional wins3
Highest ranking44 (13 October 2019)[1]
(as of 13 October 2019)
Number of wins by tour
Korn Ferry Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipT42: 2018
U.S. OpenCUT: 2018
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2019
Achievements and awards Tour
Player of the Year
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Im Sung-jae (Korean: 임성재; born 30 March 1998), also known as Sungjae Im, is a South Korean professional golfer. He won twice on the 2018 Tour and, with three runner-up finishes as well, was the leading regular season money winner on the tour.

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 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 the 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 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]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

Nationwide Tour Tour wins (2)[edit]

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

Playoff record[edit]

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

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2019.

Tournament 2018 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T42 CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 41 2019 Ending 13 Oct 2019" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  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.

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