‘Who almost wrote history’ Im Seong-jae, runner-up in the final PO match by one stroke… 7.7 billion in prize money

Seongjae Lim (24, CJ Logistics) took the disappointing runner-up in the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour Playoff Tour Championship ($75 million in total prize money).

Im Seong-jae scored a 4-under 66 by tying 7 birdies, one bogey, and one double bogey in the final 4 rounds of the tournament held at East Lake Golf Club (par 70, 7346 yards) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on the 29th (Korean time). wrote it down

Seongjae Lim, who recorded a final total of 20 under par, tied with world No. 1 Scottie Schaeffler (USA) and finished the tournament as runner-up one shot behind Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland, 21 under par).

Seong-jae Lim postponed the feat of winning the first FedEx Cup for Koreans to the next, but surpassed Kyung-Joo Choi to achieve the best performance for a Korean in the history of the Tour Championship. Kyung-Joo Choi tied for third place in this event in 2011.

Along with this, as the runner-up prize, a ‘jackpot’ of 5.75 million dollars (about 7.72 billion won) was hit. $5.75 million is more than the prize money for winning the Players Championship ($3.6 million), the biggest prize on the PGA Tour.

In the third round, which could not be finished due to bad weather the day before, Im Seong-jae took all four remaining holes as par and finished 16-under. In the meantime, the lead Schaeffler recorded a birdie at the end of the third round and finished the game at 23 under, widening the gap to 7 strokes.

However, in the fourth round that followed, Im Seong-jae showed his potential. He made a number of birdie opportunities with an accurate sense of shot.

He caught birdies on the 3rd hole (par 4) and 4th hole (par 4), and took one more shot on the 5th hole (par 5). He bogeyed on the 8th hole (par 4) with a tee shot into the bunker, but made up for it with a birdie on the 9th hole (par 3).

Sungjae Lim also caught an additional birdie on the 12th hole (par 4). With this birdie, the gap with former co-leaders McIlroy and Schaeffler was narrowed by one stroke.

However, the 14th hole (par 4) was disappointing. The tee shot went to the rough, and he couldn’t make up for it on the next shot, and he put the ball on the green on the fourth shot. He doubled bogey while adding two putts.

Im Seong-jae did not give up until the end. He made up for it with a birdie straight away on the 15th (par 3) and one more stroke down on the 17th (par 4) to approach every kilo. In the meantime, Schaeffler lost one shot on the 16th hole (par 4) and tied for second place with Im Seong-jae.

Seongjae Lim tried to tie for the lead on the last 18th hole (par 5), but his third shot went a little far from the hole cup. The birdie putt unfortunately missed the hole cup and finished the game on par.

McIlroy won the 18th hole. The second shot had a hard time falling into the rough, but overcame it and put it on the green, and succeeded in a par save. Schaeffler, who played together, also ended up par, and the championship was confirmed.

With this, McIlroy became the third individual to win the FedEx Cup after 2016 and 2019, winning $18 million (about 24.17 billion won). He also stood shoulder to shoulder with ‘golf emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA), who also won the tournament three times.

With this win, McIlroy won three this season and his 22nd on the PGA Tour. In particular, McIlroy, who represented the PGA Tour with several hard-line remarks this season, when LIV golf was launched against the PGA Tour, ended the season meaningfully.

On the other hand, Schaeffler, the world No. 1 player, started with a bonus of 10 under par in this tournament and finished runners-up. In particular, before the final round, he was 6 strokes ahead of McIlroy and 7 strokes of Im Seong-jae, but lost 3 strokes only in the 4th round and could not keep it.

Schaeffler, who has emerged as a ‘sacred’ on the PGA Tour by sweeping four victories including the Masters Tournament this season, has a bittersweet finish.

Last year’s winner, Patrick Cantlay (USA), tied for 7th with a final total of 16 under par.

The Open Champion Cameron Smith (USA), who is rumored to be moving to Liv at the end of this tournament, finished the tournament in 20th place in the final 9-under par.

Lee Kyung-hoon (31, CJ Logistics), who participated with Im Seong-jae, recorded an even par in the last round and placed 27th with a final total of 1 under par. Kyung-hoon Lee’s prize money is $530,000 (about 710 million won).

(Seoul = News 1)

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