Lim Seong-jae (25) held a buddy show in the second round of the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of 20 million dollars) and competed for the lead.
On the 11th (Korean time), Lim Seong-jae cruised with only 6 birdies in 12 holes in the second round of the tournament held at Scottsdale TPC (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
As the tournament could not proceed normally due to the delay and postponement of the previous day’s game, Im Seong-jae had to withdraw with 6 holes left on this day. He will play the remainder of round 2 and round 3 at the same time the next day.
Lim Seong-jae, who tied for 4th place with a total of 7 under par before the second round was stopped, chases Scotty Scheffler (USA), who took the sole lead with a 7 under par and an intermediate total of 10 under par, 132 strokes, by 3 strokes.
Im Seong-jae succeeded in making a chip-in birdie at a distance of 20m around the green from the 10th hole (par 4), the first hole of the second round, and received cheers from many spectators. went.
In the 15th to 17th holes, he got on the mood with three consecutive birdies. Im Seong-jae, who caught a 4m birdie on the 15th hole (par 5), succeeded in putting a 10m long putt on the 16th hole (par 3), the ‘specialty’ of the Phoenix Open, and received thunderous cheers. Im Seong-jae responded to the enthusiasm of the galleries by raising his putter. He also made a birdie on the 17th hole (par 4) and completed three consecutive birdies. From the 18th hole to the 3rd hole in the second half, 4 consecutive pars followed, ending the game.
Lim Seong-jae, who has two victories on the PGA Tour, made it to the top 10 twice in seven PGA Tour events this season, including 7th at the Shriners Children’s Open in October last year and a tie for 4th at the Farmers Insurance Open last month. In this tournament, the remaining matches of the second round were promised, raising the ranking to a position where competition for the championship was possible.
Kim “Tom Kim” Joo-hyung (21) tied for 11th place with 6 birdies and 1 bogey, hitting 5-under-par 66 and recording a total of 5-under-par 137.
Kim Si-woo (28) cut 2 strokes and tied for 38th place (1 under par, 141 strokes), and Lee Gyeong-hoon (32) maintained even par until the 11th hole and tied for 77th with a total of 2 over par.
The defending champion, Schaeffler, rose to the sole lead in the second round, followed closely by championship candidate John Rahm (Spain).
Schaeffler, ranked second in the world, hit 3 under par as a result of the remainder of the first round, and in the second round, he made 7 birdies without a bogey, recording a total of 10 under par 132 strokes. Ram, who is ranked third in the world, also cut 5 strokes that day and finished tied for 2nd place with a total of 8 under par 134 strokes. Schaeffler and Ram have a chance to recapture the world number 1 ranking at this event. 메이저사이트
Schaeffler won his first PGA Tour victory at this event last year, and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, World Golf Championship (WGC) Match Play, and Masters in major tournaments in March to become the PGA Tour Player of the Year.
He said, “There are players who haven’t finished all the matches until the second round yet, and Ram and I are running first and second. We will see how the situation changes,” he said, adding, “It will be a pleasant weekend.”
Ram won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the American Express last January, winning two victories in January alone.
Schaeffler and Ram took the top spot on the leaderboard, and Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), who is currently world number 1, only caught 5 birdies until the 13th hole in the second round, rebounding with a total of 3-under-par tied for 18th place.
Following the PGA Tour Championship in August last year and The CJ Cup in October, McIlroy is trying to win three consecutive PGA Tour events in which he participated. He competed for the first time this year at the DP World Tour Hero Dubai Desert Classic held in Dubai at the end of last month and reached the top.