Im, 19, joins company of major champion with first win
January 16, 2018
By Stephen Andress, PGATOUR.COM
- January 16, 2018
- Sungjae Im wins his first Web.com Tour start at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
At just 19 years old, South Korean Sungjae Im joined elite company by winning The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay - the company of a major champion.
He became the second youngest winner in Web.com Tour history and the second 19-year-old to win on Tour. 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day is the only other 19-year-old to win on the Web.com Tour.
Youngest Winners - Web.com Tour History
Player Age Tournament Jason Day
19 yrs, 7 mos, 26 days 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic Sungjae Im 19 yrs, 9 mos, 17 days 2018 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic Si Woo Kim 20 yrs, 21 days 2015 Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae Patrick Cantlay 20 yrs, 11 mos, 15 days 2013 Club Colombia Championship Aaron Wise 20 yrs, 11 mos, 28 days 2017 Air Capital Classic
Im’s impressive bogey-free, 7-under 65 in the final round Tuesday separated him from the field; he finished at 13 under to earn a four-stroke victory. That 65 was the low round of the day.
“This is my dream, my first win on the Web.com Tour,” said Im, before explaining how he dealt with the nerves. “I never turn to any scoreboard. I never think about any score. I play my game.”
Im finished second at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament in December, two strokes behind medalist Lee McCoy.
Winning the first tournament of the year gives Im a jump-start on earning a PGA TOUR card, something he can do by either winning two more tournaments or finishing in The 25, the top 25 on the Web.com Tour regular season money list.