Sungjae Im

26-Year-Old Golfer
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It's hard to believe Im is entering his sixth season on the PGA Tour at just 25 years old. The Korean had another solid season in 2022-23 going 25-for-31 with nine top-10s and 19 top-25s. Im has been so balanced across the board in his career, but last season he did struggle a bit with the irons at 88th in SG: Approach and 104th in GIR percentage. You would have to expect both of those to be better in 2024 and that would certainly lead to at least a couple finishes inside the top-three, something Im failed to do at all in 2022-23. Read Past Outlooks
Continues to play well
July 15, 2024
Im recorded a one-under 69 on Sunday at the Genesis Scottish Open to finish 14-under and in a share of fourth place.
Im had a four-shot deficit to make up to start the day, but he had an uneven round with four birdies and three bogeys and never worked his way into contention. He was led by his short game this week, gaining 6.3 strokes around the green and putting combined. Im has a pair of top-5s over his last three starts and is now up to 10th in the FedExCup Standings.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Four years on the PGA Tour and four times making the Tour Championship for Sungjae Im. The 2021-22 campaign was probably the best of the bunch, as Im notched a win at the Shriners Open along with a trio of runner-up finishes and nine total top-10's. The South Korean gained at least 0.3 strokes per round in every category and ended up sixth in SG: Total and 13th in scoring average for the season. Im has had a very complete game every since he came out on Tour and a multi-win season or major in 2022-23 would surprise nobody.
The pandemic was about the only thing that could slow Im's pace in 2020. After playing 35 events in 2019, Im played just 26 the following season due to COVID, but in 2020-21 he was right back on pace at 35 events. It's not just the number of events he plays though, Im gets a lot done when he plays. In 2020-21, he broke $4 million for the second time in his career. Im will play a lot again this season and he'll probably end up around $4 million again, but anything much higher than that is unlikely.
It took a pandemic to slow Im down this past season, but he still managed to put up some great numbers. Im gained notoriety for playing nearly every week during his rookie season and he was on a good pace in his sophomore season as well and then the interruption in play hit and his momentum was stalled. Im was playing his best golf just prior to the break and he never managed to get back on track. Although he should continue to produce at a high level this season, his number was set too high this past season for salary cap purposes.
Im entered this past season as one of the more highly-touted rookies in his class and although he didn't pick up a win, he met or exceeded all expectations. Im played 35 times this past season, which is a little insane and it's reasonable to think that he simply wore down at points during the season. That said, he made over $2.8 million in his rookie season and the future looks bright. As for his salary cap prospects, well that's a little murky. The bar is set pretty high, but he set that bar without the benefit of a win or a runner-up finish. If he gets a win or a runner-up this season, he could easily reach $4 million.
The 20-year-old enjoyed success on the Japanese Tour in 2017 before leading the Tour's money list wire-to-wire this year, having won both the season-opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic and WinCo Foods Portland Open. Im not only reached the top-100 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but he also qualified for a pair of majors, missing the cut at the U.S. Open before placing T42 at the PGA Championship. The young Korean ranked fifth on the Tour in birdie average and 19th in GIR percentage.
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Shoots 64 in final round
July 8, 2024
Im finished in a tie for 12th place after shooting a seven-under 64 in the final round of the John Deere Classic.
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Strong T3 showing at Travelers
June 23, 2024
Im closed with a four-under 66 to finish in a share of third place at the Travelers Championship.
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Collects top-10 at Memorial
June 9, 2024
Im finished in a tie for eighth place after shooting a one-over 73 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament.
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Struggles down stretch in Round 2
May 18, 2024
Im shot a one-over 72 in Round 2 of the PGA Championship to miss the cut at the event.
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T4 finish at Quail Hollow
May 12, 2024
Im struggled to a two-over 73 to drop into a share of fourth place at the Wells Fargo Championship.
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