Sungjae Im’s track record at the WM Phoenix Open is a microcosm of the consistency he’s displayed throughout his PGA Tour career.
While he could be critiqued for not winning more often, Im is almost always posting red numbers and cashing in those green dollar signs.
In four starts at TPC Scottsdale, Im has never finished worse than T-34th. The South Korean star has two top-10s, including a career-best T-6th (70-67-67-69) last year. Im was second in the field in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (4.713) and was 12th in SG: Approach (4.201).
Im did not play his best golf this year on the California portion of the West Coast swing. Arizona seems to be more his speed.
So was Hawaii, where he kicked off 2024 with T-5th at The Sentry.
Im is coming off a solid 2023. His best work was in Asia where he won the Woori Financial Group Championship on the Korean Tour. More importantly, he and countryman Si Woo Kim won the gold medal at the Asian Games.
That victory exempted the duo from an upcoming mandatory two-year military stint that has derailed the careers of other Korean PGA Tour members before them.
With that peace of mind, it will be interesting to see how Im fares in 2024.
Last season, the 25-year-old ranked 17th on the PGA Tour in SG: Total (1.049) and in SG: Around-the-Green (.279). He was also fourth in sand saves (61.9%) and 15th in birdie or better percentage (33.98%).