Lim Seong-jae (25, CJ Logistics) re-entered the top ranks with a strong blow on the third day of the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (total prize money: $8.7 million).
In the 3rd round of the tournament held on the 28th (Korean time) at Torrey Pines South Course (par 72, 7765 yards) in San Diego, California, USA, Im Seong-jae recorded 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 1 bogey while hitting 5 under par 67.
Im Seong-jae, who recorded an interim total of 7 under par 209 strokes, tied for 4th place with Colin Morikawa, Mats Homa, and Sahis Tigala (above USA). He is 5 strokes behind Sam Ryder (USA), who is running alone in the lead with 12 under par and 204 strokes.
Lim Seong-jae, who is recording two wins in his PGA career, is challenging his second top 10 this season since the opening of Shriners Children’s Hospital (7th place) in September last year.
Im Seong-jae, who had been sluggish with a 2-over par the previous day, showed a completely different look on this day. He caught consecutive birdies on holes 1 and 2 (above par 4) and reduced one more stroke on hole 6 (par 5).
Lim Seong-jae hesitated to look at the 12th hole (par 4), but made up for the previous mistake by making a birdie right away in the 13th hole (par 5). He then scored an eagle on the last 18th hole (par 5) and finished the third round in a tie for fourth place.
Im Seong-jae, who finished the game, expressed satisfaction, saying, “I was able to easily hit my iron shot to a good place as my tee shot went to the fairway a lot.
Then, he explained the last eagle scene, “In the 18th hole, a bunker shot went in and I eagled. As I thought, a good shot came out, and I was able to hit an accurate bunker shot with good spin. Thanks to that, I was able to make an eagle shot.” 스포츠토토
PGA Tour rookie Kim Seong-hyeon (25, Shinhan Financial Group) also hit 3 under par with 4 birdies and 3 bogies including 1 eagle. Kim Seong-hyun, who recorded an interim total of 6 under par and 210 strokes, rose to 8th place, up 12 places from the second round.
Kim Seong-hyun said, “The course is difficult, but I tried to reduce my score as much as possible and persevered in the beginning. I scored an eagle on the last hole and finished well. I look forward to tomorrow.”
Ahn Byeong-hun (32, CJ Logistics) cut 1 stroke and scored 9th with an interim total of 5 under par and 211 strokes, along with Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, and Sam Stevens (above USA).
Kim Si-woo (28, CJ Logistics) tied for 32nd with a total of 2 under par, 214 strokes, and Roh Seung-yeol (32, Sivent) tied for 60th with a total of 2 over par, 218 strokes.
Jon Rahm (Spain), who had previously won two consecutive victories on the PGA Tour, recorded 6 under par on the day and ranked second with a median total of 10 under par and 206 strokes. Rahm only tied for 116th on the first day, but was tied for 14th on the second day, and he moved up the rankings again, revealing the prospect of a third consecutive win.