Im Seong-jae shot 4 under par 68 in the first round of the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (total prize money of $8.7 million) held at Torrey Pines South Course (par 72) in San Diego, California on the 26th (Korean time).
He wrote 8 under par 64 strokes and is tied for 19th place, 4 strokes behind Sam Rider, Brent Grant (above USA), and Aaron Rai (England), who are tied for the lead.
Although the rankings are far down, most of the top players, including the three co-leaders, played on the relatively easy North Course, and Im Seong-jae played the first round on the more difficult South Course.
The 1st and 2nd rounds of this tournament are played alternately on the South and North courses of Torrey Pines, and the 3rd and 4th rounds are played on the South course.
The South Course is longer and more difficult. There is usually a difference of 3 strokes or more.
On this day, there were two players who recorded low number of strokes by playing on the South Course, Sam Stevens and Andrew Novak (USA) who recorded 6-under-par 66. It is only two strokes different from Lim Seong-jae. 메이저놀이터
There are only five players who are ahead of Lim Seong-jae on the South Course, including Taylor Montgomery, Ben Griffin (USA) and Vincent Norman (Sweden) who hit 5 under par.
Im Seong-jae’s tee shot often went off the fairway, but he made up for it with an iron shot. He shot 2.038 fewer strokes than other players on the way to the green.
As the 1.16 putts per hole suggests, the green play wasn’t bad either.
He started by bogeying the 1st hole (par 4), but Lim Seong-jae, who made four consecutive birdies from holes 3 to 6, also made consecutive birdies from holes 8 to 9 and jumped into the competition for the lead.
Im Seong-jae, whose game was unresolved in the second half, lost one stroke in the 17th hole (par 4) as the ball fell into the rough and bunker in turn, leaving regret as the 4m birdie putt did not go into the 18th hole (par 5).
Rookie Kim Seong-hyeon (25) finished the first round with a tie for 12th place, the highest among Korean players, when she shot 5-under-par 67 on the North Course.
Kim Seong-hyun was a bit uneasy about his shot, but he made 7 birdie putts.
Ahn Byeong-hoon (32), who played on the North Course, hit a 4-under-par 68 and tied for 19th with Lim Seong-jae.
Kim Si-woo (28) performed well with a 3-under-par 69 in the South Course, and expected a rise in the rankings in the second round.
Noh Seung-yeol (32) reduced two strokes on the book course.
Yon Rahm (Spain), who is aiming to win three consecutive tournaments and recapture world No. 1, struggled with a 1-over-par 73 on the South Course and was tied for 116th.
Ram, who shook both shots and putts, added 3 birdies, 1 double bogie and 2 bogeys.