Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-10-11 10:04:52 –
Las Vegas (AP) — Im Sung Jae dialed into the game and didn’t know how many birdies were being made when turning a shootout in Las Vegas into a solo exhibition.
Only when I saw the leaderboard after the big run, seven birdies began to sink in an eight-hole stretch around Sunday’s turn at TPC Summerlin.
“When I saw myself leading five people, I told myself,’I can accomplish this without making mistakes,'” he said.
By that time he had done everything he needed. The 23-year-old Korean beat Matthew Wolff with four shots at the Shrines Children’s Open and closed with four safe pars with a 9-under 62.
“It’s a very meaningful victory,” Lim said. “It was hard, but I think everything went well today. I think it was a gift from above. I’m glad I played very well and won.”
Smiley Kaufman shot 61 in 2016, making it the best closing ground for the winners of the Schleiners Children’s Open. Im finished with a 24-under 260, consistent with tournament records held by Webb Simpson (2013) and Ryan Moore (2012).
Wolff was trying to keep pace when he turned the trouble into a birdie in 9th on a par 5 with an 18-foot putt. However, he was slowed down by two tee shots that ended in the worst spot, leading to a bogey he couldn’t afford to buy.
Wolff made a late birdie pair at 68 — he is now 12-12 in the 1960s round in Summerlin — and had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Lim was one of the four players who had at least a lead share in TPC Summerlin’s front nine on a windless, ideal scoring day.
Im was just getting started when he took the lead by holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the third toughest 6th hole on the track.
He finished the front nine with a simple short above and below the green in 9th place on the par 5, took the lead and ran four more birdies. I raised the fairway bunker to 25 feet and made a putt.
“I didn’t lie on the previous lip, but I raised it to the green and made a birdie putt, so I think that gave me the confidence to do this,” he said.
Lim won the PGA Tour for the second time. He wasn’t big in numbers, but he couldn’t ignore the strange tendency. He made his 50th start on the PGA Tour in 2020 and won the Honda Classic. He won Las Vegas on his 100th start.
You may not have to wait another 50 tournaments to win your next trophy.
Following his victory at the Honda Classic, he finished third at Bay Hill. After that, golf was suspended for three months due to a pandemic. He went to the Masters in November for five months without serious fighting, where he easily challenged Dustin Johnson.
Now he can only expect him to take a step forward.
“I was doing a really good roll after Honda won and was happy with my game. I played well with Arnold Palmer the following week,” Lim said. “But that’s a shame. That’s something I couldn’t control. But when golf resumed after the pandemic, I really tried to find that rhythm again, and when it wasn’t easy. had.
“But again, stay calm and believe in my game.”
Slovak Olympic silver medalist Rory Sabbatini temporarily took the lead with a 28 front nine. He was able to manage the par even in the back nine at 64, tying in third place with Marc Leishman (63) and 54-hole leader Adam Schenck (70).
For Wolf, there wasn’t much he could do, but he smiled.
“This game is like someone quitting the last day to me when I’m leading or fighting,” he said. As an example, Bryson DeChambeau shot 67 in the final round at Wingedfoot while playing in the final group with Wolf at the US Open last year.
“But if I stay in these positions, I know it will eventually be my favor and I’ll win,” he said.
Sunday wasn’t that day, especially the 13th of par 5. He thought his three woods could easily clear the bunker on the left. And when it wasn’t, he thought it would roll back to the bottom of the sand, and he would still have a reasonable chance to be a birdie.
Instead, he said someone left the rake on top and the ball stopped on the slope of the indentation left by the handle. All he could do was put it out about 15 feet. Even if I told a good lie, it was hard to catch Im.
Sam Berns, who won the Mississippi last week and started the final round with only two returning, made a birdie early on and stalled until it was too late. He finished with a double bogey at 72 and tied in 14th place.