Lim Seong-jae (23, CJ Logistics) posted an average drive distance of 300.5 yards last season. It’s a huge distance from the weekend golfers’ perspective, but it’s not even on the long hitter axis on the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour, where long hitters over 310 yards are lined up. Lim Sung-jae’s long-hit ranking last season was only 69th. This season, he is in 92nd place with 297.7 yards.
The current number one long hit is Bryson Dishambo (28, USA), a “geek scientist on the field,” who grew up last year and became a long hitter. Last season, it was ranked first in the long hitting category with 322.1 yards, and this season, it is also running first with 329.2 yards. In the 2018-2019 season alone, DeChambo was ranked 34th in the long hit with 302.5 yards, but gained weight and increased muscle mass to become a’Hulk’, greatly increasing the distance. Rory McIlroy (32, Northern Ireland) is behind DeChambo at 322.7 yards this season.
On the 15th, Sungjae Lim hit an average of 313.2 yards on the first day of the PGA Tour Sony Open at Waialay Country Club (par 70) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The tee shot that flew the farthest hit a whopping 344 yards. In particular, the tee shot was very accurate, with a fairway landing rate of 78.57%. He also boasted a high sensitivity iron shot. Only two holes missed the green in 18 holes, and the hit rate of the green was 88.89%. However, Putt failed to enter the top ranks due to a difficult situation.
In the first round of the tournament, Im Seong-jae was pushed out of the 30th place by writing 2 buddies without seeing it. In the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the new year’s first tournament that ended on the 11th, Im Seong-jae left a regret of failing to hunt for two wins by staying in tie for fifth place, although the shot was not flawless. Im Seong-jae made a long hit that exceeded the average driver’s distance, and the process from the tee to the green was excellent, with only two holes missing the green. In fact, from tee to green, he hit 2.788 less than other players. But on the green, he hit 2.183 more than the average for other players. The average number of putts in 16 holes with the ball on the green in regular at-bats reached 2. In particular, Lim Seong-jae, who started the game at the 10th hole, never fell into the hole with a birdie putt who tried eight times to the 18th hole. He caught a 7m birdie in hole 1 (par 4), but suffered from putt hunting for 7 holes until he caught the tap-in birdie by hitting the ball on the green after two times in hole 9 (par 5).
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