Lim Seong-jae (25), who participated in the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour tournament after 3 years and 7 months, left behind problems such as jet lag and won the Woori Financial Championship (total prize money of 15 100 million won) on the first day, I accepted an acceptable report card.
In the first round of the tournament held at the Ferrum Club (par 72) in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 11th, Im Seong-jae scored 1-under 71 with 4 birdies, 1 bogey and 1 double bogey. He tied for 24th with a 4-stroke gap with Han Seung-soo (USA), the sole leader.
Im Seong-jae, the best player in Korean men’s golf, who has won two PGA tours and is ranked 18th in the world, caught the attention of golf fans in Korea. This tournament is the first Korean Tour tournament Lim Seong-jae has participated in in 3 years and 7 months since winning the Genesis Championship in October 2019. Lim Seong-jae returned to Korea to participate in this tournament last year, but unfortunately withdrew after being diagnosed with Corona 19 just before the first round, so he could not meet domestic fans.
Im Seong-jae, who arrived at Incheon International Airport at 5:30 pm on the 9th, recorded a good score of 1 under par despite problems such as jet lag. He seemed to be in very good form until the first half hole. As if to repay the support of the cloud gallery following him, he caught a birdie from the 1st hole (par 4). In hole 1 (par 4), Im Seong-jae sent a driver’s tee shot to the center of the fairway, and then put the second shot 4m away from the pin to catch a birdie.
In hole 3 (par 3), he accurately sent his tee shot to the pin 1.5m away and caught another birdie, and in hole 7 (par 4) he also added a 2m birdie to record 3 under par until hole 7.
However, in the 9th hole (par 5), the tee shot went to the left penalty area and was treated as a lost ball, and Lim Seong-jae committed a double bogey in this hole. As a result of this influence, he recorded a three-putt bogey in the 10th hole (par 4).
After a long par streak, Lim Seong-jae put his third shot on the 18th hole (par 5) to the pin 80cm, and after a long wait, he made a birdie and finished the game with an under par.
He said, “In the beginning, the game went better than expected, but it had an effect after recording a double bogey in the ninth hole. After the double bogie, the flow stopped, and the jet lag left his head blank and tired. Still, I finished the first round with an under par, so I will play a better match tomorrow.”
On this day, 1,834 galleries flocked to the venue to see Lim Seong-jae, which is the largest number of galleries in the first round of a Korean Tour solo event. Considering that it is a weekday and the venue is rather far from Seoul, many galleries visited the venue to see Lim Seong-jae.
Im Seong-jae said, “I came to a domestic competition after almost 4 years, and it was amazing to see you come to see me. It was a feeling that cannot be seen on the PGA Tour,” he laughed.
Regarding the situation where the double bogey was made in the ninth hole, “The tee shot went to the left, but it didn’t wind too badly. It was a pity,” he explained.
Im Seong-jae, who started the first round at 12:57 p.m. that day, said it was more difficult because it was early in the US time. I was confident that the 2nd round teeing off in the morning would be better.
Im Seong-jae said, “The key is to adapt to a different turf from the PGA Tour.” same,” he explained.
He pledged, “I think the distance in the second round will be a bit shorter in the morning, but I think the green will be softer, so I will try to match and play a good game.”
Im Seong-jae, active on the PGA Tour, and Park Sang-hyun (40), who played with Jeong Chan-min (24), who won the GS Caltex Maekyung Open last week, showed the “experience of a veteran” with 5 birdies and 1 bogey, tied for 2nd place with 4 under par 68 strokes. went up
Along with Lim Seong-jae, Jang Yu-bin (21), who will represent the Hangzhou Asian Games in September, is also tied for second place. Defending champion Jang Hee-min (21) tied for 8th place with a 3 under par 69 strokes.먹튀검증
Jung Chan-min tied for 24th with Lim Seong-jae.
Meanwhile, Seo Yo-seop (27) hit a tee shot with a 7-iron on the 16th hole (par 3) and scored a hole-in-one, throwing the club aside in joy and cheering. It is the second hole-in-one in his career following the 2021 Yamaha Honors K Open.
Seo Yo-seop received a BMW I4 worth 80 million won due to a hole-in-one injury. Seo Yo-seop, who received the energy of a hole-in-one, hit an even par 72nd that day and tied for 43rd place.