​Sungjae Lim finished 8th in the first PGA tournament of the new year

Seongjae Lim reading the line while holding the putter on the green [사진=USA투데이·연합뉴스]

Im Seong-jae (24) finished the first American professional golf (PGA) tour of the year in 8th place.

On the last day of the 2021-2022 season PGA Tour Century Tournament of Champions (total prize of $8.2 million, about 9.815 billion won), the final 4th round will be held on January 10 (Korean time), Plantation Course at Kapalua, located in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA (par 73, 7596 yards).

As a result of the final four rounds, Seongjae Lim recorded a 4-under 69 stroke by weaving 5 birdies and 1 bogey. Cameron Smith (Australia, 34-under 258), who won the final with a total of 24 under par 268, was in 8th place by 10 strokes.

Sungjae Lim, who started on the 1st hole (par 4), caught a birdie on the 4th hole, but committed a bogey on the 6th hole (or par 4). A birdie was added on the 9th hole (par 5), the last hole in the first half.

He reduced one shot on the 9th hole in the first half, and added birdies on the 18th hole (par 5) following consecutive birdies on the 14th hole (par 4) and the 15th hole (par 5).

Seongjae Lim flew 311 yards (284 m) from the teeing ground with a driver. The fairway landing rate was 86.67% and the green hit rate was 77.78%. The number of gains gained per putt is -0.557.

Sungjae Lim hit 67 on the first and second days. On the third day, I wanted to draw a rising curve by hitting 65, but I had to postpone my 3rd win in my career with 69 on that day.

However, it is a positive part that it settled in the top 10 in the competition with 38 winners. It is the third time this season to settle in the top 10 after the Schreiners Children’s Open, which won the championship in October of last year (2021), and The CJ Cup @ Summit, which ranked ninth. He placed his name in the top 10 three times out of five competitions.

After the tournament, Im Seong-jae said, “I made a lot of silly mistakes in the beginning and couldn’t get on the mood. It’s a pity. I’m satisfied that I got into the top 10 from the first tournament of the new year.”

He continued, “It was fun working with last year’s winners. I want to keep a good spirit to play in Hawaii next week. I have high expectations because of the high accuracy.”

Cameron Smith smiling brightly with a trophy [사진=AP·연합뉴스]

The victory went to Smith. From the first day, he never gave up the lead and recorded the wire-to-wire (first place from start to finish) championship. His 34-under par is the lowest batting record in PGA Tour history. The previous record was a 31-under 261 by Ernie Els of South Africa at the 2003 Mercedes Championship.

With this win, Smith has four career victories on the Tour. Coincidentally, the two victories were team battles at Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and the other two were won in Hawaii.

In second place is Jon Lam (Spain), one stroke behind. He shot a 33-under 259. Third place was Matt Johnson (Australia) with a 32-under 260.

Kim Si-woo (27), who competed with Lim Seong-jae, finished the event in a tie for 23rd at 17-under 275 strokes, and Kyung-hoon Lee (31) finished the tournament in a tie for 33rd at 13-under 279 strokes.

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