Sungjae Im biography: 13 things about Korean golfer born in Cheongju

Sungjae Im (임성재) is a South Korean professional golfer. He stands 6’0″ and he has been playing golf professionally since 2015.

Im attended Korea National Sport University in Seoul, South Korea and is a foodie. He is a big fan of Tiger Woods.

In December 2017, Im finished second in the Tour Q-school. He was Player of the Year on the 2018 Tour and the Rookie of the Year for the 2018-2019 PGA Tour.

Since Im is not fluent in English, he requires a caddie who can also translate Korean to English and vice versa when he competes in the United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Cheongju, South Korea in 1998. He lives on Jeju Island, South Korea.
  2. In 2001, he and his sisters followed their mother to a golf course and started playing golf.
  3. In 2002, he and his family moved from Cheongju to Jeju Island. He got his first coach in 2005 and was enrolled at a golf academy in 2010.
  4. On September 10, 2017, he and his fellow Korean golfer Hyun Jeong Hyeob were runners-up to their countryman Chang Yi Keun at the 2017 T-up Gswing Mega Open in South Korea. From October 26-29, 2017, he competed in the 2017 Mynavi ABC Championship at the ABC Golf Club in Katō, Hyōgo, Japan. He and Japanese golfers Yūsaku Miyazato and Ryutaro Nagano were the runners-up to Tatsuya Kodai also of Japan.
  5. On January 16, 2018, he won The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic in Great Exuma, Bahamas, making him the second youngest winner in Tour history. His runner-up was Carlos Ortiz of Mexico.
  6. On August 19, 2018, he won the WinCo Foods Portland Open in North Plains, Oregon, USA.
  7. On October 13, 2019, he won the Genesis Championship at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. His fellow Korean golfers Moon Kyong Jun and Kwon Sung Yeol were his runners-up.
  8. He and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tied for third at the inaugural ZOZO Championship at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba, Japan from October 24-27, 2019.
  9. From December 12-15, 2019, he played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which was won by the U.S. team.
  10. On March 1, 2020, he earned his first PGA Tour victory by winning The Honda Classic at the PGA National Golf Club at the Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, USA. His runner-up was Mackenzie Hughes of Canada. He finished third at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Golf Course in Bay Hill, Florida from March 5-8, 2020.
  11. He finished 22nd at the 2020 U.S. Open, which took place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17-20, 2020.
  12. He and three other golfers tied for 28th at the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship, which took place at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, USA from October 1-4, 2020. He and four other golfers tied for 13th with at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which took place at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from October 8-11, 2020.
  13. He made his Masters Tournament debut at the 2020 Masters Tournament, which took place at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA from November 12-15, 2020. He and Cameron Smith of Australia were the runners-up of Dustin Johnson of the U.S.

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