Lim Seong-jae (25) jumped into the championship competition in earnest, displaying a performance worthy of a ‘world class’.
In the second round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Finance Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won) held at the Ferrum Club (par 72) in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 12th, Lim Seong-jae caught 7 birdies and committed 1 double bogey and 2 bogies. . On this day alone, he cut 3 strokes and finished the game in a tie for 8th place with an interim total of 4 under par 140 strokes. With a gap of 5 strokes from solo leader Choi Jin-ho (39), he jumped 16 places at once from a tie for 24th the previous day.메이저놀이터
Lim Seong-jae, who won two victories on the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, is the ‘signboard’ of Korean men’s golf. After finishing the PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship last week, he headed straight to Korea and took part in the tournament without even having time to adjust to the time difference. It has been 3 years and 7 months since the 2019 Genesis Championship that he participated in the Korean Tour event.
After finishing the first round with 1 under par, he played in a much lighter condition that day. He struggled a bit in the beginning. He committed a three-putt bogey on the first hole, hole 10 (par 4), and recorded a double bogey on hole 13 (par 4).
But he found his pace in the second half. Starting with hole 1 (par 4), he drove 5 birdies only in the second half. As the putting feeling revived, the birdie march accelerated.
After the game, Lim Seong-jae said, “I had a bad start at the beginning, but I played step by step with the intention of reducing the score as much as possible.”
Following the first round the previous day, many fans flocked to the venue to see Lim Seong-jae. After Lim Seong-jae finished the game, about 100 fans formed a long line to get his autograph. Lim Seong-jae also showed off his ‘world-class’ manners by signing autographs for all the fans who were waiting for him, far exceeding the 20 minutes he had prepared for them.
He said, “I was a rookie on the PGA Tour four years ago (the last time I participated in a Korean tournament), and now I’m in my fifth year. I thought, ‘Because I’m consistently good on the PGA Tour, I have a lot of fans in Korea.'” I didn’t expect so many people to come this far. Yeoju is a little far from Gyeonggi-do, but I was happy and proud that so many people came, “he smiled brightly. Then, he expressed his gratitude to the fans, “In the second half, the galleries gathered more and more, giving me strength. I was able to catch a lot of buddies, perhaps because of your support.”
He plans to launch a full-fledged counterattack in the third round, ‘Moving Day’. Im Seong-jae said, “The 3rd and 4th rounds are the most important on the PGA Tour. I think the 3rd round is just as important in Korea.” promised.