When asked, ‘Hangzhou AG Medalist’ Lim Sung-jae said, “I want to win a medal at the Paris Olympics after AG, I will be a stronger player.”
Im Sung-jae attended an official press conference on the 11th, a day before the KPGA Korean Tour Genesis Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won, winning prize money of 300 million won) at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea Urban and Links Course (par 72, 7467 yards) located in Songdo, Incheon.
Lim Sung-jae, who is active in the U.S. Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), won an impressive victory in the men’s golf team event at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at the West Lake International Golf Course (par 72, 6654 yards) in Zhejiang Province, China on the 1st.
At that time, Im Sung-jae, along with Kim Si-woo (28, CJ), and Korean amateurs Jang Yu-bin (21) and Jo Woo-young (22), recorded a total of 18 under in the final 4th round, winning 76 under par. It was an overwhelming victory with a huge gap with Thailand (51 under) in second place and Hong Kong (50 under) in third place. South Korean men’s golf, which previously won two consecutive tournaments at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou Games, won the team title for the first time in 13 years.
With the way for professional players to participate in the Hangzhou tournament, South Korea’s Lim Sung-jae and Kim Si-woo, who are showing off their top skills in the PGA, participated side by side. Based on the world ranking announced in April last year, the top two players (then 19th-ranked Lim Sung-jae and 51st-ranked Kim Si-woo) were selected. Im Sung-jae also won a silver medal in the individual competition in Hangzhou, earning a total of two medals.
According to the KPGA, Lim Sung-jae said on the 11th, “It’s been a while, but that happiness still remains.”(laughs) I feel really good to win a medal in a situation where I’m nervous and burdened. I’m proud,” he said.
It is the first time in four years that Lim Sung-jae will compete in the Genesis Championship since 2019. A total of 120 athletes will participate in this competition. Im Sung-jae said, “I’m excited because it’s my second domestic competition this season. I hope many fans will visit the venue. “I will repay you with my best performance for four days.”
Im Sung-jae also showed his willingness to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics after the Hangzhou Asian Games. In response, Lim Sung-jae said, “Winning a medal at the Olympics is also very meaningful. There is a regret that I could not show all my skills at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last year. If he participates in the Paris Olympics, his goal is to compete for a medal. I want to win a medal in the Olympics following the Asian Games,” he said with a smile.
When asked about “the achievement of reducing the burden of military service by winning the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games,” Lim Sung-jae said, “I can focus more on the PGA Tour.” I think it went well as my goal is to work until the senior tour. The goal is different every season on the PGA Tour. This year, she had a disappointing performance in major competitions. Starting in 2024, he plans to set a goal to win a major championship at least once. I will try harder to become a strong player by performing well in major tournaments. He also stressed that he will participate in the KPGA Korean Tour as much as possible if he is scheduled. 토토사이트
Im Sung-jae was also asked about the comparison between the course of the Hangzhou Asian Games and the course of the Genesis Championship. Im Sung-jae said, “First of all, the course of the Hangzhou Asian Games was easy, but the course condition was really good. The fairway and green were all good, but the green speed was a little slow, so I think the discrimination was poor. In the third and fourth rounds, the wind was strong, and I think this would have been advantageous for Korean players, he said. “The Ferrum Club, where the Woori Financial Championship was held, has a severe green slope.” So even if I hit an iron shot well, it’s hard to stick it near the pin. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, where this week’s competition will be held, has a wide fairway, but there are many risk factors. So sometimes you have to go safely rather than aggressive play. I think we need to set up a good course management,” he said.
Im Sung-jae came from behind to win the Genesis Championship by seven shots in 2019. In response, Lim Sung-jae said, “In fact, I was seven shots older before the start of the final round at the time, so I had no desire to win the championship. I played with the idea of just being in the top three, but the play went really well on the final day. There was no mistake, and he played really perfectly. I think I was lucky.(Laughing) So I think it’s still a memorable competition,” he recalled.