Golf’s Newest Bromance is A Thing of Beauty and We Love It

Sungjae Im and Keith Mitchell, 2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans,(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Sungjae Im and Keith Mitchell, 2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans,(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Golf’s newest bromance is a thing of beauty and we are loving every second of it. Playing together for the first time at this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Keith Mitchell and Sungjae Im got off to the perfect start both on and off the course.

Mitchell, who wasn’t even planning on competing in this year’s unique team event in Louisiana, quickly reshuffled his plans after receiving the call from his ‘superstar’ teammate Sungjae Im.

“Just a couple weeks ago. It was a late commit. I wasn’t planning on playing, and when you have the opportunity to play with such a superstar, you say yes,” Mitchell said on Thursday at this year’s Zurich Classic.

Keith had been envisioning his partnership with the talented South Korean at this event for quite some time now.

“So when this event first became a team event, I remember Sungjae was a rookie, and all he
did was just smile and high five and stripe it. I was like, man, this guy is going to be really good.
So jokingly one day, I was like, hey, we need to play Zurich, and he already had a partner. This year he finally thought my game was good enough to play with him and asked me to play, and of course you say yes,” he added. 

Both Mitchell and Im had posted a humorous video to social media earlier in the week which demonstrated Sungjae inviting Keith to join forces with him at this year’s Zurich Classic.

And it didn’t take long before the coming together yielded positive results on the course. The tandem jumped out to an early lead on Thursday at TPC Louisiana after firing off an opening 62 during the Zurich Classic’s Four-Ball format.

Sungjae accounted for six of the team’s nine birdies in round one before proceeding to add a clutch par save to their card on the last when the two-time PGA Tour winner chipped in from off the green.

Mitchell had added an eagle to the duo’s scorecard earlier in the round for good measure. The round one-62 ensured that the pair are right in the mix heading into Friday’s second round Foursomes format.

Keith continued to heap the praise on his playing partner after their opening round performance; “Obviously 10-under is fantastic. I think Sungjae shot 7-under on his own ball, maybe 6-under on your own ball. I mean, it was unbelievable.”

The dynamics will change quite a bit on day two as the field prepares to play the more difficult of the rotating formats at this year’s Zurich Classic.

“Tomorrow we’ll probably take a little bit more of a typical game day approach. Today we’re trying
to — once the first player hits, the second player sometimes is a little more aggressive,” he added.

Sungjae Im even joined UGA Nation.

Mitchell, a University of Georgia alum, wasted no time in inviting his new best friend to be a part of Bulldog Nation.

"“What else did we learn today? I taught him about Georgia football.Aren’t you a Georgia fan now?” – Keith Mitchell"

“Georgia fan, Bulldogs,” was Sungjae Im’s response.

The newest best friends on tour have already captured the hearts of both media and fans alike, and according to Mitchell, this new bromance has been brewing for a while now.

“I’ve always been his best friend. I just wanted him to like me back,” the 31-year-old stated.

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Regardless of how the rest of this week plays out for the affable duo, golf’s latest bromance is a thing of beauty and we are absolutely here for it.