Sungjae Im Is Just One Birdie Away From Shattering a 40-Year-Old PGA Tour Record

Published 09/05/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Sungjae Im walks to the third green during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


The Tour Championship is indeed the grand finale one expects out of the high-intensity schedule. Bringing out the best from the best, the tournament offers everything from exceptional and one-of-a-kind shots to some drama. While Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay are inclined to win the title, Sungjae Im might be on his way to make some history.

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As per reports, the Jeju-born star is one step away from breaking a record that’s been intact for years.

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Is Sungjae Im on his way to make history at the FedExCup finale in Atlanta?

Im, while playing the 11th hole in Round 3, holed his 493rd birdie of the season. History, however, will be made after his next birdie. As of now, the 23-year-old needs simply one more birdie to set the record for most birdies in a PGA Tour season since 1980. Yes, that’s a 41-year year gap.

In this tournament alone, he has made ten birdies – four in Round 1 (No. 2, 6, 16 and 17) and four in Round 2 (No. 5 to 7, 14). The third round has bought him two as of now, his position affected by the occasional bogey and so on. Before the tournament ends, Im might just go on to break the record.

Im has been playing professional since 2015, starting with the Japan Golf Tour. He might have started the finale with a deficit, but he is a well-loved player, always managing to deliver. Joining the PGA Tour during the 2018-19 season, Im took home the Rookie of the Year award that season, and also became the 13th rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship.

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Since then, his sole PGA Tour victory came at the Honda Open in 2020, where he scored six-under 274, beating Mackenzie Hughes to secure his win. Even though Im’s performances at the Majors have been a hit and a miss, he finished T2 at the 2020 Masters, losing to Dustin Johnson.

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Fans remain excited for Im’s next birdie, encouraging him as they can on social media.

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