WATCH: Tom Kim And Sungjae Im Test Crazy Putters At Zozo Championship

The South Korean duo had some pre-tournament fun with unusual putters

Tom Kim and Sungjae Im try out unusual putters before the 2022 Zozo Championship
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Tom Kim and Sungjae Im are preparing for the serious business of the Zozo Championship this week. However, if the expectation of playing in an event featuring some of the world’s best players is getting to them, it didn’t show as they had some fun with a few unconventional putters.

First of all, the South Korean duo tried holing putts with vastly oversized putters, with mixed results. However, it was Im who succeeded where Kim came close, impressively sinking a putt from several feet on his second attempt.

Next, the pair were handed a putter with one head and two shafts, bringing a whole new meaning to the term "hybrid club". Perhaps drawing on their teamwork from the recent Presidents Cup, the pair holed the putt – in between fits of laughter. But that wasn’t all. Finally, Kim and Im were presented with a putter with four rotating heads, which proved to be their nemesis, with Kim finally managing to complete the putt inches from the hole, but only after accidentally denting the turf.

Both players are known for their effervescent personalities, with Kim’s on-course enthusiasm – as well as his eye-catching talent – winning over plenty of fans in his short time on the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, Im showed off some eccentric Gangnam Style moves at the Presidents Cup in a video posted to Instagram by Tony Finau, much to the delight of his audience.

The pair will no doubt be models of professionalism when the action gets under way this week. Let's just hope for their sake that they don’t get flashbacks to the crazy clubs when they're lining up game-changing putts later this week.

Mike Hall
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