Lim Seong-jae (25) is expected to win the PGA Championship (total prize money of 15 million dollars), a major tournament.
Lim Seong-jae won the come-from-behind championship at the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Financial 메이저놀이터Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won) held at the Ferrum Club (par 72) in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 14th.
Lim Seong-jae, who was 5 strokes behind the sole lead, gradually reduced the number of strokes by catching a birdie, and started hunting for the championship in earnest by catching an eagle in the 12th hole (par 5). In particular, in the last 18th hole (par 5), his second shot entered the bunker around the green, but he caught a birdie with a perfect bunker shot.
The US Golf Channel highlighted, “Some players like to play the week before a major tournament, and some take a break. Im Seong-jae went to the Korean tournament and won the championship with a perfect bunker shot birdie.”
Then, “Im Seong-jae is now entering the Oak Hill Country Club. He is currently recording the top 25 in seven consecutive games,” he raised expectations.
The PGA Tour also placed Im Seong-jae at 17th in the power rankings ahead of the PGA Championship, saying, “Im Seong-jae went to his native Korea and won the championship.
He did not participate in the PGA Championship last year due to the confirmation of Corona 19. But he has rarely performed well in these competitions. After finishing in a tie for 42nd in 2018, he missed the cut in 2019-20 and tied for 17th in 2021.
In addition to Lim Seong-jae, Kim Si-woo, Kim Joo-hyung, Lee Gyeong-hoon, and Yang Yong-eun are scheduled to participate in this tournament. In particular, Kim Si-woo also raised the atmosphere by recording runner-up at AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour.
Last year, Southern Hills Country Club was held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, USA. Attention is focusing on what Korean players will record in the PGA Championship, where they put so much effort into renovating the East Course ahead of the tournament.