Im Nails One For Asia!
It just had to happen! When this kid got his ticket to play on the world’s richest and biggest professional golf tour, the PGA Tour, he shot right out of the starting blocks and showed no fear playing on the game’s biggest stage.
For all his spunk and talent, the big 21-year old South Korean, Sungjae Im (pictured) has been voted as the best rookie on the PGA Tour, becoming the first Asian-born golfer to receive the coveted title. The Rookie of the Year was first awarded in 1990 and Im has created history by being the first golfer from Asia to claim the title.
In lifting the title, Im beat out four American candidates, Cameron Champ, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.
Im was the only rookie to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship last month, an event open only to the top 30 players in FedEx Cup points, and he finished tied for 19th in the final FedExCup standings.
Im was also the Rookie of the Year on the developmental Web.com Tour (currently Korn Ferry Tour) last year. He joined Stewart Cink as the only players to be named the best rookie on both tours in consecutive years.
Commenting on Im’s rise, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said, “His ‘Ironman’ season was remarkably consistent from start to finish, and his fellow players raved about his all-around game throughout the year …. like so many Korn Ferry Tour graduates, he arrived on the PGA Tour prepared to compete with the world’s best, and his season was a reflection of a maturity beyond his 21 years.”