The Korean player is showing signs of winning for the second week in a row.
Lim Seong-jae (25) made 7 birdies without bogey in the first round of the PGA Tour American Express (total prize money of 8 million dollars) held at PGA West (par 72) in La Quinta, California, USA on the 20th (Korean time). and tied for 7th place with 65 strokes.
In this tournament, where three courses are alternately played, Lim Seong-jae played the first round at the Nicklaus Course. He recorded a fairway landing rate of 78.57% and a green accuracy rate of 94.44%, and his unique and accurate iron shots shone.
Im Seong-jae, who caught the first birdie on the 2nd hole (par 4) in the first half, wrote down stepping-stone birdies on the 4th hole (par 5), followed by the 6th hole (par 4) and the 8th hole (par 3). Im Seong-jae, who added a birdie on the 10th hole (par 4) in the second half, also removed birdies on the 16th hole (par 4) and the 18th hole (par 4). In particular, he boasted stable performance with play without bogey.
Following Kim Si-woo (28), who won the Sony Open in Hawaii last week, Lim Seong-jae is also aiming for the top spot. The Korean Brothers, who showed positive signs at the Presidents Cup, are moving to revitalize Korean golf.메이저놀이터
Im Seong-jae, who won his first win at the 2020 Honda Classic, recorded his second win at the Shriners Children’s Open in 2021 last year. If he wins this time, he will have three wins on the PGA Tour.
In addition to Lim Seong-jae, Noh Seung-yeol (32) and An Byeong-hoon (32) tied for 27th with a 5 under par 67 strokes, and Kim Joo-hyung (20) tied for 64th with a 3 under par 69 strokes. Kim Seong-hyeon (25) was tied for 85th with a 2-under 70 stroke. Kim Si-woo (28), who won the championship last week, is tied for 85th with a 2 under par and 70 strokes.
Davis Thomas (USA) took the sole lead with 10 under par 62 strokes, while John Rahm (Spain) tied for second place with 8 under par 64 strokes with Sam Burns (USA) and others. Xander Chopley (USA) tied for 7th with Lim Seong-jae.