10 Things You Didn't Know About Sungjae Im

A Korean star in the making, here are eight things you didn't already know about Sungjae Im.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sungjae Im
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Sungjae Im

Korea may totally dominate the women's game but this is less so in men's golf. However one man who is looking to change that is Sungjae Im (opens in new tab), a star who has had a meteoric rise up the world golf rankings and finally got into the winner's circle in 2020 at the Honda Classic. Here are ten things you didn't know about him.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sungjae Im

1. Im grew up in golf-mad Jeju Island and first started playing golf when he was four-years old because he followed his mum to an indoor practice facility. Just four years later, Im beat his father for the first time.

2. It was clear he had talent for the game. He got his first coach at 7, joined a Korean golf academy at 12 and then turned professional at 17. 

3. His parents (Ji Taek Im and Mi Kim) followed him to every tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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4. Im earned $1,260,000 for his one-stroke victory at the 2020 Honda Classic, and the same amount for his second PGA Tour win at the 2021 Shriners Children's Open.

5. Im earned the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2019.

6. He also earned a spot on Ernie Els' 2019 Presidents Cup team in which he won 3 matches, halved one, and lost one in a very impressive display.

7. Im loves his food and has no desire to change his diet to give himself an extra edge in the modern game. His favourite dish is Jeju Black Pig and whilst travelling around the United States he regularly searches for Korean restaurants.

8. Whilst competing he never uses a ball with the number 4 on it because in South Korea the number represents death.

9. Im grew up playing The Club at Nine Bridges which later became the host of The CJ Cup tournament on the PGA Tour.

10. Whilst playing junior golf tournaments he would often compete against fellow professional Si Woo Kim.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6