Im Seong-jae (25), the “new groom,” took a step closer to the season’s third top 10 by reducing four strokes two days in a row at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (total prize money of $20 million) on the PGA Tour.
In the third round of the tournament held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on the 12th (Korean time), Im Seong-jae pulled out 5 birdies and blocked 1 bogey, hitting 4 under par 67 strokes. Lim Seong-jae, who recorded an interim total of 9 under par and 204 strokes, was tied for 6th place, 4 strokes behind leader Scotty Scheffler (USA, 13 under par 200 strokes). Rickie Fowler (USA) and Jason Day (Australia) were tied for 6th place with Lim Seong-jae.
Lim Seong-jae, who made his first top 10 in the 2022-2023 season by finishing 7th at the Shriners Children’s Open in October of last year, entered the 2nd top 10 with a tie for 4th at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago. In this competition, expectations were raised for the second consecutive competition and the third top 10 of the season. In December, he tied for 8th at the Hero World Challenge, but it is not included in the official record because it is an event game, not a regular PGA Tour tournament.
Im Seong-jae, who started the third round with a tie for 9th place, got off to a fresh start with his first birdie on the 3rd hole (par 5). Then, in the 4th hole (par 3), he succeeded in his consecutive birdies, continuing his upward trend. Im Seong-jae, who continued his par march without a birdie until the 12th hole, caught the 3rd birdie of the day on the 13th hole (par 5), but took a breather by writing down a bogie on the 14th hole (par 4). However, in the following hole 15 (par 5), he succeeded in 2 on and added a birdie lightly, and after succeeding in 1 on in the short 17 hole (par 4) at 346 yards, he added another birdie and finished the game that day.
In the 3rd round, the drive shot fairway hit rate was only 50%, but the iron shot was so good that the green hit rate reached 77.78%. It was a little disappointing that the total number of putts that day was 32, which was 7 more than the previous day’s 25.
World No. 2 Schaeffler took the lead by two strokes and gave the green light to defend the title. If you win, you will return to world number 1 with your second consecutive victory. 메이저사이트
If Schaeffler wins this competition and the current No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) ends up in third or lower alone, he will become world No. 1. In addition, even if he finishes second alone, McIlroy falls below the single 36th place, and if John Rahm (Spain), currently ranked third in the world, does not win, he will rise to first place.
Ram was tied for third place with Nick Taylor (Canada) (11 under par, 202 strokes), and McIlroy was tied for 28th (3 under par, 210 strokes), moving away from the title competition.
Kim Si-woo (28) hit 4-under-par 67 on this day alone, recording an interim total of 5-under-par and 208 strokes, raising his ranking by 19 places from the previous day to a tie for 20th place, and Kim Joo-hyung (21) lost 2 strokes that day and tied for 28th (3 under par). 210 strokes) and stepped back. Lee Gyeong-hoon (32) was tied for 48th place (1 under par 212 strokes).