levels were different. This is the power of ‘PGA Star’ Lim Seong-jae.
Im Seong-jae achieved a come-from-behind victory (10 under par, 278 strokes) at the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won), which ended at the Ferrum Club (par 72, 7232 yards) in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do on the 14th. He started in a tie for 4th by 5 strokes on the final day and compiled 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 2 bogeys. He missed his second shot in the bunker on the last 18th hole (par 5), but after attaching it to the pin with a fantastic recovery shot, he caught a ‘winning birdie’ like gold. It is the second Korean Tour win in 3 years and 7 months since the Genesis Championship in October 2019, and the winning prize is 300 million won.
Immediately after winning the Woori Financial Championship, Lim Seong-jae and his wife are taking a commemorative photo with the trophy. [Photo courtesy of KPGA]
In this competition, the ‘Lim Seong-jae effect’ was great. A total of 20,148 galleries visited over four days, recording the largest number of spectators among events hosted by the KPGA Korean Tour alone this year. Starting with 1,834 people in the first round on Thursday, 1,644 people in the second round, 5,157 people in the third round, and 11,213 people in the final fourth round, they watched the ‘big leaguer’ play at a different level. Lim Seong-jae said, “It felt good to meet domestic fans after 3 years and 7 months. I was surprised that many people came even on weekdays, and I personally felt that ‘You’ve done well on the PGA Tour for 4 years.'” “Behind the teeing area I was very happy to see the gallery full of “.”
Im Seong-jae said at a press conference right after winning the championship, “It was difficult to adapt to the jet lag from the first day. Enduring with mental strength for four days brought the hope of winning,” and smiled brightly, saying, “I am happy to win.” Lim Seong-jae is a sign of Korean men’s golf, ranked 18th in the world and has two wins on the PGA Tour. On the last day, he boasted a terrifying back-and-forth, proving his ‘class’ worthy of Korea’s representative runner. The Genesis Championship was a 7-stroke difference, and in this tournament, it succeeded in overturning a 5-stroke gap.
Im Seong-jae seemed to be getting away from the championship competition by bogeying holes 6 and 8, but changed the mood with his first birdie on hole 9 (par 5). Then, after occupying the top of the leader board with a birdie on hole 11 (par 4), a 3.2m eagle on hole 12 (par 5) and a birdie on hole 13 (par 5), the match was won with a birdie on hole 18 (par 5) of 1.6m. Finished. Lim Seong-jae said, “I wanted to get away from winning with two bogeys at the beginning of the day,
On the 15th, Im Seong-jae will go straight to the United States and challenge for a major championship. On the 18th, the second major tournament of the season, the PGA Championship, will be held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, USA. Lim Seong-jae expressed his confidence, saying, “I think I will have to go back to the United States and adjust to the time difference again.”
Lim Seong-jae also promised to do well in the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September. He said, “The Asian Games are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Two pros (Lim Seong-jae, Kim Si-woo) and two amateurs (Cho Woo-young, Jang Yu-bin) participate, and the harmony of the four is the most important.” . Every time I meet Jo Woo-young and Jang Yu-bin, I say, ‘You guys are important'” with a smile.
Im Seong-jae is determined to work harder to become the best. He said, “After 10 or 20 years, many Korean players better than me will appear on the PGA Tour, but until then, I want to remain as the best player in Korea,” he said. “I will work hard to survive on the PGA Tour.”토스카지노