Korean golfer Im Sung-jae scored 498 birdies in the 2020-2021 schedule to set a new peak in the one-season PGA Tour birdie statistics.

The PGA Tour began recording birdies in 1980. The old ceiling on this type of hole existed for 41 years, belonging to Steve Flesch with 493 birdies in 2000. But Im overtook his predecessor Flesch by birdie on hole 2, 6.7 away. meters in the final round of the Tour Championship on September 5.

Im Sung-jae's 494th Birdie on PGA Tour 2020-2021

Im Sung-jae’s 494th Birdie on the 2020-2021 PGA Tour.

After that, Im added four birdies and finished the T20 FedEx Cup with a score of -4, including entry advantage. With this position, he received $ 497,500 In the closing event alone, Im scored -1 after 72 standard holes on East Lake, par70.

“After the penultimate round I heard on television about the possibility of breaking the birdie record, so I set my sights on the final round and succeeded. Hopefully my new milestone will last long,” said the new birdie record holder.

Last season, Im also worked the hardest, through two “diligence” stats – hitting 35 awards, with 127 rounds. When he set a birdie record in 2000, Flesch won 32 prizes, 123 rounds.

Im Sung-jae greets the audience after a putt in the CJ Cup.  Photo: Yonhap

Im Sung-jae greets the audience after a putt in the CJ Cup. Photo: Yonhap

Im on the PGA Tour since 2018, attended 35 events – scored 480 birdies through 122 rounds in the pitching season and earned the nickname “iron man”. And so far, he has ranked first in birdie for three consecutive seasons. In the 2019-2020 season, Im scored 390 birdies in 94 rounds. This decline is partly due to less frequency of matches, due to Covid-19.

Im still has two compatriots in the group “working hard on the PGA Tour” – Lee Kyoung-hoon and Kim Si Woo, both on the 30-stage mark last season.

Last season alone, Im received $ 4.158 million from 29 eliminations, of which five times finished in the top 10, including the Masters runner-up in November 2020. Im born in 1998, just won a championship in the US First Class golf arena, at Honda Classic 2020.

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