The Sentry Tournament of Champions ($8.2 million in total prize money), which opened on the 7th at the Kapalua Plantation Course (par 73, 7596 yards) in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA, is called ‘The King of Kings’. This is because only players who have won at least once last season will receive an invitation. This year, 38 of the winners took part.
Lim Seong-jae (24, CJ Logistics) in the year of the tiger took a fresh step towards his career 3 victories by taking the lead and tied for 5th by 2 strokes on the first day of the ‘Black Tiger Year’ Im In-nyeon (壬寅年) first competition. In the first round, Seongjae Lim hit a 6-under 67 with 1 eagle, 5 birdies, and 1 bogey, and ranked joint 5th with Korean player Kevin Na (USA). With an 8-under 65, it was two strokes behind Cameron Smith (Australia), the solo leader, and continued to compete for the lead in the second round. Im Seong-jae finished tied for 5th in this competition, where he first participated last year. Seongjae Lim competed in this tournament as the winner of the Schreiners Children’s Open in October last year.
This is the PGA regular tour event held for the first time in about a month and a half since the RSM Classic in November of last year. Seongjae Lim hit the second shot with 150 yards left on the par 5 on the 5th hole (par 5), about 3 meters into the hole, and put an eagle putt. In particular, in the second half of the hole, he showed birdies on three consecutive holes on the 12th to 14th holes, leaping to the top. The average drive shot distance was 279 yards, but the fairway landing rate was 86.67%. In particular, the green missed two out of 18 holes, boasting a sophisticated iron shot with a green hit rate of 88.89%. The average number of putts per GIR on hitting the green was 1.688.
World No. 1 Yon Lam finished tied for second with a 7-under 66 shot. Patrick Cantlay and Daniel Berger (USA), who won $15 million in the final game of the FedEx Cup last season, also tied for second place alongside Ram. World No. 2 Colin Morikawa is tied for 8th with Brooks Koepka (USA) with a 5-under 68 shot.
Kim Si-woo (27) and Lee Kyung-hoon (31) stayed in the middle and lower ranks. Kim Si-woo tied 3 birdies and 1 bogey to finish at 2-under 71 with a tie for 26th, while Lee Kyung-hoon finished with 5 birdies and 4 bogeys, tied for 1-under 72 and tied for 28th.
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