Seong-jae Lim, ‘8 holes and 6 birdies’, jumps to the top of the Phoenix Open 2R

Reporter Choi Song-ah = Lim Seong-jae (25) started competing for the lead by wielding 6 strokes in only the first 8 holes on the second day of the PGA Tour WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of 20 million dollars).

In the second round of the Phoenix Open held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71, 7,261 yards) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on the 11th (Korean time), Im Seong-jae played 12 holes until the game was stopped due to sunset, and only birdie 6 were cut out.

In the aftermath of the remainder of the first round prior to the start of the second round, about 60 players could not complete the second round, and Lim Seong-jae tied for fourth place with a 7-under par.

Lim Seong-jae promised the next day while chasing Scotty Scheffler (USA, 10 under par 132 strokes), who took the lead by reducing 7 strokes without bogey in the second round by 3 strokes.

Lim Seong-jae, who has two victories on the PGA Tour, participated in seven PGA Tour events this season and made the top 10 twice, including the Shriners Children’s Open (7th place) in October last year and the Farmers Insurance Open (tied for 4th place) at the end of last month. there is a bar

In this tournament, he tied for 18th with a 1-under 70 stroke on the first day, but on this day, he showed off his sense of well-being and raised the rankings.

Im Seong-jae made a strong start on the day by catching birdies in a row on his first hole, the 10th hole (par 4) and the subsequent hole 11 (par 4). Then, in the par 5 holes 13 and 15, he reduced one more stroke each and rode an upward trend.

In the 16th hole (par 3), which is considered the symbolic hole of the Phoenix Open, which is called the ‘golf liberation zone’ with a stand of about 20,000 seats installed, Lim Seong-jae dropped a birdie putt of over 10m, drawing great cheers from the crowd. 안전놀이터

Then, in the 17th hole (par 4), he added a birdie by attaching the second shot to the hole about 1.6m, and vomited out 6 birdies from the first 8 holes.

After that, from the 18th hole, he kept par in the 4 holes.

Kim Joo-hyung (21) reduced 5 strokes in the second round and jumped to 11th place (5 under par 137 strokes), and Kim Si-woo (28) was tied for 38th place (1 under par 141 strokes).

Lee Kyung-hoon (32) failed to reduce the number of strokes in 11 holes in the second round and finished in the top 70 with an intermediate score of 2 over par.

Schaeffler, who is ranked second in the world ranking, reduced the most by 7 strokes among the players who completed the second round, and put his name on the top of the leaderboard, turning on the green light to challenge for a second straight victory in the tournament.

World No. 3 Yon Rahm (Spain) pursued with a two-stroke tie for second place (8 under par, 134 strokes), and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), who was sluggish with a 2 over par in the first round, won in 13 holes in the second round. He rebounded by cutting 5 strokes.

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