‘Asian Games Hero’ Sungjae Lim is headed to Japan.
He will play in the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour’s Jojo Championship ($8.5 million purse) on Sept. 19 at Narashino Country Club (par 70-7079) in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is the fourth event in the so-called “Fall Series,” which takes place after the regular season ends. The Fall Series is for players who didn’t qualify for 2024, but the JoJo Championship is a little different. The field is limited to 78 players, and the top players will be there.
Lim doesn’t have a bad track record at this event. In his first appearance in 2019, he tied for third place with Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland). The winner was the “Emperor of Golf” Tiger Woods (USA). Lim finished tied for 29th in last year’s event. He won gold in the team event and silver in the individual event at the Hangzhou Asian Games earlier this month. His military service has paved the way for a long career on the PGA Tour.스포츠토토
Lim was also on fire last week at the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour Genesis Championship. He led for three days and was expected to win wire-to-wire. He had a chance to end the tournament on the 18th hole (par-5) of the final round, but his birdie putt fell short, allowing him to tie with Park Sang-hyun and Bae Yong-jun in a playoff. Park was the tournament champion. Lim Sung-jae will be looking to bounce back from last week’s runner-up finish in Japan.
World No. 6 Xander Schauffele and two-time major champion Colin Morikawa (USA) are in the hunt after strong wins. Defending champion Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler (USA), Adam Scott, Lee Minwoo (AUS) and Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) will also be in contention for the title. South Korea is led by Lee Kyung-hoon, who finished tied for seventh at the Shriners Children’s Open last week. He is joined by rookie Kim Sung-hyun and Song Young-han, who plays on the Japan Professional Golf Tour (JGTO).