I had to double, even triple check to make sure Sungjae Im didn’t play last week in the Dominican Republic. It was a rare time of rest for golf’s iron man.
Despite a 13-week layoff due to the pandemic, the 22-year-old South Korean still teed it up 21 times worldwide in 2020 so far.
When you’re a human ATM on the golf course like Im is, I’d keep playing, too. He picked up his first PGA Tour win in his sophomore season in February at the Honda Classic.
The win in Florida was the highlight of four top-fives and three more top-10s in 26 starts last season. Im did so on the strength of a well-rounded game. He ranked between 20th and 92nd and in the positive in all strokes gained categories. Off the tee was his best (.437) and he’s got a good mix of accuracy and length.
Going low is essential this week and Im can rack up birdies. He made 4.15 a round last season to rank 20th. Im isn’t necessarily known for his putting, but he was 18th in putts per round (28.36).
Im played well in his last start, taking 22nd at the U.S. Open. He played even better at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship.
After missing the cut in 2018, Im finished solo second in 2019. He was the only player with four rounds in the 60s (68-69-67-66) and lost on the first playoff hole to Sebastian Munoz.
Im was top-13 in all strokes gained categories, including fifth tee to green (8.767 total).