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Born: 30 March 1998
Birthplace: Cheongju, South Korea
College: Korea National Sport University
Resides: Jeju, South Korea
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other wins: 3
Grass Preference: Bermuda
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sungjae was the 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, recording 8 top-10 finishes in 35 starts in the 2019 calendar year. Sungjae followed that up with his breakthrough win on the PGA Tour in 2020 at The Honda Classic and ended his 2020 season in fine style with a 2nd place finish at The Masters.
Im only missed 4 cuts in 31 starts in 2021, which was capped off with his 2nd PGA Tour win at Shriners.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Sungjae has won from off the pace (three times) and from holding the 54 hole lead (twice) so he is equally adept at front running or chasing. He's definitely one to watch coming down the stretch as there are multiple examples of him posting a run of birdies to close out tournaments. Sungjae's Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐⭐⭐.
➖ Began 2 shots back from the leaders at the Farmers Insurance Open and shot 71 to finish 2 shots back of List.
✅ Trailed Adam Schenk by 3 shots at the Shriners and shot 62 to win by 4! An emphatic display from off the pace.
➖ Began the final round of the BMW Championship 3 behind the leaders and shot 67 to finish 4 behind the playoff number.
➖ Trailed Dustin Johnson by four shots entering the final round of The Masters. Wasn't able to overturn the deficit but did well to finish second.
✅ Won his first PGA TOUR title in his 50th career start, shooting a final-round 66 to win The Honda Classic by one stroke. Began final round 3 shots behind Tommy Fleetwood. At age 21 years, 337 days, became the second player aged 21 or younger to win on the season. Got up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the 72nd hole to make par.
✅ Earned his first KPGA Tour title at the Genesis Championship, winning by two shots at 6-under 282. Started the final round seven shots behind the 54-hole leader on route to victory. Among the 68 players that made the cut, was one of eight players to card an under-par score on Sunday.
✅ Fell to Sebastian Munoz in a playoff at the Sanderson Farms Championship, earning the first top-two finish of his career. Birdied three of the last five holes in the final round to finish at 18-under 270. Started the round 4 shots behind Munoz.
Sungjae rarely takes a week off so he's used to playing every week. He can stay hot after a win as he has followed three of his five wins with near misses (2nd and 3rd and 9th place finishes).
Events to back Im
Sungjae has only played in a handful of Majors to date but he does have a second place finish at The Masters (2020). Given it was his debut, he can be supported at Augusta in future years.
Tournamnet of Champions
Sungjae generally comes out hot after the break for Christmas and New Year. His finishing positions in the last four years for his first event of the season are 18-1-16-21-5 (oldest first). Given Sungjae's dedication to golf and his proven track record after long breaks, he'll be one to watch at the start of every year.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Suits this course which demands a strong tee to green game and record of 21-3-3 shows this.
Sungjae lost out to Sebastian Munoz at the Sandersons Farm Championship in 2019 after making a bogey at the first extra playoff hole (incidentally, Im was unlucky not to win this event in normal time as he hit a low of 1.07 on Betfair after birdieng the 14th, 15th and 16th holes in the final round and Munoz needed a birdie at the 72nd hole to make a playoff).
2020 Honda Classic
Q. As a guy who plays almost every week, will you take a week off, and B, how difficult has that been for you to play every week?
SUNGJAE IM: I plan on playing almost every week, maybe take an event off during the Texas swing, but nothing confirmed. But as of right now, just the one in mind, and planning to play them all.
Q. Sungjae, you've made a lot of starts. You came really close at the Sanderson Farms back in the fall. How did you draw upon that experience coming into this stretch, and also is it kind of a relief to get that first win?
SUNGJAE IM: I was a little disappointed the way the Sanderson Farms ended. Very similar spot to what I was in today. Finished with a one-shot lead and had to wait on the guys coming in, and so drawing upon that experience I felt like it made me hungrier for today to go out and get that win, and just having come so close, it's just very happy everything worked out the way it did and I'm just happy to get the win.