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South Korea’s Sungjae Im is 2020 Masters Tournament runner-up, loses to Dustin Johnson

Sungjae Im (임성재), 22, of South Korea almost won the 2020 Masters Tournament. The Korean professional golfer tied for second in the 84th edition of the major professional golf championship.

It was Dustin Johnson, 36, of South Carolina, United States who won the 2020 Masters Tournament. Cameron Smith, 27, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia tied with Im as the runners-up.

With no in-person attendance due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 Masters Tournament was held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA from November 12-15, 2020. With a score of 268, 20-under-par, Johnson was five strokes ahead of Im and Smith, who both had a score of 273, 15-under-par.

Established on March 22, 1934, the Masters Tournament is traditionally held in the first week of April. The 2020 edition, which marked Im’s Master Tournament debut, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Born in Cheongju, South Korea on March 30, 1998, Im was 4 years old when he and his family moved to Jeju Island, South Korea. He was 3 years old when he and his sisters followed their mother to a golf course and started playing golf.

Im attended Korea National Sport University in Seoul, South Korea and has been playing golf professionally since 2015. 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.

At the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, which took place at the Bay Hill Golf Course in Bay Hill, Florida from March 5-8, 2020, Im finished third. 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.

Along with three other golfers, Im 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.

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