Im Sung-jae confident ahead of ‘WGC Match Play’
Im Sung-jae (25th, 18th) expressed confidence ahead of his participation in the PGA World Golf Championship (WGC) Dell Technologies Match Play (total prize money of $20 million).
Im Sung-jae will compete in the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Championship at Austin Country Club (par 71) in Austin, Texas, from the 22nd to the 26th.
Prior to the tournament, Lim Sung-jae said, “I personally like match play games,” adding, “I gained a lot of experience while playing the Presidents Cup (last year), so I got some confidence.”
He then said, “I think you have to grasp the opponent’s player well and make good judgments at the moment,” adding, “The big charm of match play is that you can win only when you try not to make the same mistake when the opponent makes a mistake.” He also added, “I have to win every game to advance to the round of 16, so I try to win a lot in the preliminary round.”
On the 13th (Korea Standard Time), Lim Sung-jae finished the PGA Tour Players Championship (total prize money of $25 million) tied for sixth place.
Im Sung-jae did not let go of practice even though he rested for a week.
Lim Sung-jae said, “I think I got a lot of energy because I got good results, rested well last week, and recharged my body in a good mood.”
He said, “I know what needs to be supplemented. “I practiced well during the break and prepared,” he said. “I practiced a lot last week.” So, I hope that supplementing a lot of deficiencies will help a lot this week,” he said.
The course showed both concern and confidence.
Lim Sung-jae said, “The battlefield of this course is not that long, but some holes are a little tricky.” “When the wind blows, the direction of the wind tends to change continuously,” he said. “If you are good at that (club selection), you can make enough birdie opportunities and play the game well.”
Im Sung-jae competes in the same group as Maverick McNealy (70th), Tommy Fleetwood (England, 26th), and J.T. Poston (52nd).
The Dell Technology Match Play is the second of the WGC competitions. It is the only tour competition held in the form of match play.
The 64 participating athletes consisted of 16 groups of 4 players. Here, the final 16 players will be selected and played in a tournament manner.
Lim Sung-jae lost by two holes in the third group match against Patrick Cantlay of the U.S. in the last tournament. Lim Sung-jae, who recorded one win and two losses in the group stage, failed to reach the round of 16. 파워볼게임
South Korean players such as Lee Kyung-hoon, Lim Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo and Kim Joo-hyung will participate in the tournament, which will be abolished at the end of this year.
Meanwhile, the Corales Puntakana Resort and Club Championship (total prize money of 3.8 million dollars) will also be held on the PGA Tour this week.