Sungjae Im, a surprising comeback in Vegas

The Shriners Children’s Open goes to Sungjae Im who, in Las Vegas, with a comeback in the final round (where he rose from sixth position) closed with a bogey free trial and a partial of 62 (-9) out of a total of 260 ( 63 65 70 62, -24) hits, celebrates his second career title on the PGA Tour in 100 appearances. In Nevada 67 / a square with 280 (70 64 75 71, -4) for Francesco Molinari, the only blue in the race, who paid dearly for a third lap below expectations.

Sungjae Im,┬áThe Shriners Children’s Open

On the TPC Summerlin course (par 71), the South Korean Im overtook the competition of the American Matthew Wolff, runner up with 264 (-20) for the second consecutive year. Third place (265, -19) ex aequo for the Australian Marc Leishman, the naturalized Slovak Rory Sabbatini (silver medalist at the Tokyo Games) and the American Adam Schenk (alone in the lead at the end of the “moving day”) . Eleventh place with 268 (-16) for the Scottish Martin Laird, champion in 2020. Among the big names, the Top 10 fades for the South African Louis Oosthuizen. Number 8 in the world, he ranked 14 / o with 269 (-15) on par with, among others, Sam Burns (leader of the FedEx Cup and winner, last week, of Sanderson Farms). Same score as Chicco Molinari for the American Brooks Koepka and the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama.

In Las Vegas the party is all for Im who scores nine birdies, equals Ryan Moore (2012) and Webb Simpson (2013) in terms of the lowest score of the tournament, passing from 29th to 21st position in the world ranking and collects $ 1,260,000 for a total prize pool of $ 7,000,000. For the Jeju Island player (best rookie of the PGA Tour 2018-2019), professional since 2015, this is the second affirmation on the circuit after the one signed in March 2020 at the Honda Classic. And if the first joy has reached the 50th presence, the second reaches the 100th apparition. At the age of 23 years, 6 months and 10 days he is the second youngest winner of the Shriners Children’s Open after Tiger Woods who, in 1996 (he was 20 years, 9 months and 6 days), managed to do better. Deserved success for the South Korean (second in 2020 at The Masters) who in the first, second and fourth laps proved to be a steamroller by making repetitive birdies, without bogey. Only in the “moving day” did he dirty his roadmap with four bogeys before the great reaction in the fourth and decisive round.