If anyone’s proven he can tee it up multiple weeks in a row and still churn out high finishes, it’s Sungjae Im.
He’s slowed his pace from his rookie and sophomore days on the PGA Tour playing virtually every tournament, but Im still likes to get his rounds in.
Considering he’s on a streak of seven straight top-30s, Im’s inclined to milk it for all it’s worth. He’d like to earn one more trophy before 2022 is in the books.
The 24-year-old South Korean won last season at the 2021 Shriners Children’s Open but has been trophy-less since. Im posted back-to-back runner-up finishes late in the summer at the 3M Open and Wyndham Championship, where it took clutch performances by Tony Finau and Tom Kim, respectively, to beat him.
Im also took T-2nd at the Tour Championship and had the second-lowest unofficial gross score all to himself.
In his second Presidents Cup, he posted a respectable 2-2-1 record. It may have been better if he wasn’t weighed down by a couple of woeful foursomes performances by Corey Conners. Im beat Cameron Young 1UP in singles.
After Quail Hollow, Im teed it up in his title defense at the Shriners Children’s Open. He logged three sub-70 rounds, including a Saturday 63, en route to solo seventh place.
Im settled for T-29th at the ZOZO Championship, but he can take momentum from a closing 66.
He’s making his Congaree debut this week at the CJ Cup
Im ranked sixth on the PGA Tour last season in strokes gained per round (1.668). He can ball strike any course to death and finished ninth in SG tee to green (1.342).
He led the Internationals in points at the 2019 Presidents Cup at an Australian sand belt course, Royal Melbourne. I like that to portend to success this week at the CJ Cup.