It was also ‘world class’.
Lim Seong-jae, a sign of Korean men’s golf, who is recording two victories on the PGA Tour, achieved another thrilling come-from-behind victory in a domestic outing after 3 years and 7 months. He followed up with a come-from-behind victory by 7 strokes at the Genesis Championship in October 2019, and this time he reversed it by 5 strokes.
In the 4th round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour’Woori Finance Championship’ (total prize money of 1.5 billion won) held at the Ferrum Club East and West Course (par 72) in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 14th, Lim Seong-jae scored 1 eagle, 4 birdies, and 2 bogeys. I wrote down the dog and reduced 4 strokes. He recorded a total of 10-under-par 278 strokes over four days, beating Lee Jun-seok (Australia), who recorded a 9-under par, by one stroke, and received 300 million won in prize money. Im Seong-jae’s second win on the Korean Tour following the Genesis Championship.
Im Seong-jae, who finished the 4th round with a tie for 4th place at 6 under par, 5 strokes behind leader Choi Jin-ho (11 under par), lost 1 stroke with 1 birdie and 2 bogeys in the first half, but gained strength in the second half.
After putting a 2m birdie putt in the 11th (par 4) hole, he put his second shot on the green in the 12th (par 5) hole and made a 3m eagle putt, reducing 2 strokes at once. By catching a birdie again on the 13th hole (par 4) and reducing 5 strokes in 3 holes, he finally rose to the lead with Lee Jun-seok in the same group at 9 under par.
It was the last 18th (par 5) hole that Lim Seong-jae’s temperament as a matchmaker was demonstrated. In a situation where Lee Jun-seok succeeded in two-on and left an eagle putt, Lim Seong-jae fell into a bunker 40m in front of the green, putting him in a disadvantageous situation. However, by putting a bunker shot 1.5m away from the hole, he made a birdie putt first. There were still champion players, but it was not enough to overturn it because it was already a 3-stroke difference with Lim Seong-jae.
luck followed. Choi Jin-ho, who was the closest to winning until the 3rd round, wrote down ‘onion’ in the 3rd (par 3) hole and faltered from the beginning, then recorded a 5-over-par only on this day, and eventually fell back to 6th place with a total of 6-under-par, and started with 2nd place at 10-under-par. Yoon Sang-pil, who had played, lost 3 strokes and was ranked 5th at 7 under par.
Lim Seong-jae, who had an incident where he withdrew from participating just before the start of the first round after being infected with Corona 19 while trying to participate in a tournament hosted by Woori Financial Group, a sponsor last year, said, “I am happy to be able to win. It was hard to adjust to jet lag from his first day. For four days, I endured with my mental strength. It seems that holding on with his mental strength brought hope for the championship.”
“He thought early in the game that he wanted to get away from winning,” he said. When he made an eagle on the 12th hole, he thought he could contend for the championship. From then on, he knew that he was one stroke away from the lead,” he said. “I thought the game would come out on the last hole. He thought the second shot on the 18th hole was difficult because of a bad lie, but he was able to make a birdie by putting the third shot perfectly on the green.”스포츠토토
He, who is scheduled to participate in the Asian Games wearing the Taegeuk mark this fall, said, “The Asian Games are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are 2 pros and 2 amateurs participating, and I think the breathing of the 4 is the most important. I really want to win a gold medal in the team event. Every time I meet players Jo Woo-young and Jang Yu-bin, they say, ‘You guys are important’,” said Lim Seong-jae, who laughed. I am planning to leave tomorrow, but I want to get good results in the PGA Championship with the energy of winning the Woori Financial Championship.”