Domestic outing in 3 years and 7 months’ Lim Seong-jae “I will compete for the championship”

 Im Seong-jae (25, CJ Logistics), the signboard of Korean men’s golf, who is participating in the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour tournament after 3 years and 7 months, is determined to make passing the preliminary round his first goal. chopped up Even so, he showed confidence, saying, “I will try to compete for the championship after improving my condition.”

Im Seong-jae will participate in the Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship (total prize money 1.5 billion won, prize money 300 million won) held at the Ferrum Club (par 72, 7232 yards) in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do for four days from the 11th.

It is the first time in three years and seven months since the Genesis Championship in October 2019 that Im Seong-jae, who is currently ranked 18th in the world and has the highest ranking among Korean players, is playing in a domestic competition.

Lim Seong-jae planned to participate in the Woori Financial Championship last year, but was canceled (abstained) from participating because he tested positive for Corona 19 right before the tournament.

At a press conference held at the Ferrum Club on the 10th, the day before the opening, Lim Seong-jae said, “I tried to play in front of domestic fans last year, but it was unfortunate that I couldn’t participate because of the corona.” So, I want to compete for the championship,” he said.

Im Seong-jae’s recent trend in front of Korean fans after a long time is not bad. He has been in the top 10 for the past three consecutive years, including a tie for 8th at the Wells Fargo Championship, which ended on the 8th. This season, he has not yet won a championship, but has been named in the top ten on seven occasions.

The variable is jet lag due to the tight schedule and conditioning.

He said, “I arrived in Yeoju yesterday afternoon (Korea) and came right back to Yeoju, but it’s dawn in the US now, so I’m a little tired.” It is also different from the United States. We will run the game in a way that protects the fairway as much as possible.”

On the first day, Lim Seong-jae will play against long hitter Jung Chan-min (24, CJ Logistics), who won his first win at the Maekyung Open last week, and Park Sang-hyun (40, Dong-A Otsuka), a strong player on the Korean Tour. Jung Chan-min is called ‘Korea’s Yon-Ram’ because of his bushy beard and his driver that can travel over 350 yards.

Im Seong-jae laughed, “I saw it earlier, and growing a beard gave me the feeling of Yon-Ram.” After laughing, he said, “I’m not short either, but Chan-min is by my side, so it makes a difference.”

He added, “I’ve seen Chanmin since middle school, and since then, he hit 30 yards farther than me. This year, he went farther and his shot accuracy improved.”

Im Seong-jae, who married in December of last year and started a family, smiled, saying that he is achieving good results thanks to his psychological stability.

He smiled shyly, saying, “I got married faster than my peers, but I have a sense of responsibility.”

He also conveyed his humility, saying that there are still many areas that are lacking in his PGA Tour life, which has been in his 5th year this year.

He said, “The accuracy of the driver’s tee shot has improved a lot since my debut, but I’m still a bit disappointed with the putter.” I am aiming for one win every year, and I want to win many championships in the future.”

Furthermore, Lim Seong-jae added, “What I care about most is to accumulate FedEx Cup points and participate in the Tour Championship for 5 consecutive years.”

Meeting domestic fans for the first time in a long time, he said, “I hope many of you visit the site. If I win, I will be very happy. I am in my 5th year on the PGA Tour, and I have built a lot of careers during that time. I will try to compete for the title this time.”메이저놀이터

Meanwhile, Im Seong-jae met Lee Seung-min (26, Hana Financial Group), a golf player with developmental disabilities, and gave a one-on-one lesson.

Lee Seung-min, who is called ‘Woo Young-woo of the golf world’, became the first player with a developmental disability to become a regular member of the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) in 2017. In July of last year, he garnered attention by winning the US Open men’s championship for the disabled, which was first established by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

He advanced to the third round three times in his career, including passing the cut at the KPGA Korean Tour Golf Zone Open in April of this year. In this Woori Finance Championship, he appeared as an invited player.