Sungjae Im Conquers the Bear Trap Wins Honda PDF Print E-mail


Sungjae Im hoists the crystal after taming the Bear Trap at PGA National

Palm Beach Gardens - Sungjae Im began the day 3 shots behind 54 hole

leader and world No.12 Tommy Fleetwood, as he entered the toughest 3

hole stretch on tour, he knew he was striking it well, so he decided to go

flag hunting. Im played the Bear Trap in two under par, making birdie

at the par 3 15th and 17th. A solid par from the fairway sand on 16, and

a clutch par save from the bunker on the last got Im into the clubhouse

holding a one shot lead (at 6 under par) after his final round 66.

54 hole leader Tommy Fleetwood struggled to make putts all day, and

found himself two back after bogeys at the 6th, 8th and 13th holes.

Finally, the Englishman poured one in on the 17th to give himself a

chance as he walked to the 18th tee just one back. Fleetwood smoked

his tee shot on 18, setting up the perfect scenario to claim his first PGA

Tour title - birdie to tie (and head to a playoff with Im) or an eagle to

outright win. Fleetwood went for the heroic shot, a high fade 5 wood to

the back right hole location, but he blocked it right into the water - Game

Over. 21 year old South Korean Sungjae Im had won the 2020 Honda Classic.

You live or die by the shots you hit, Fleetwood said. "I had a chance on

the last, the swing wasn't there all day and I had a few iffy shots in me.

I didn't get anything out of the round until 17. It was such a great moment,

I felt great walking to the last and hit a great tee shot."

Im was proud after the victory, "I've been in this spot many times and

just gaining the experience throughout the weeks and that really helped

me stay in the moment," Im explained through his interpreter.

Fleetwood finished third at -4, Mackenzie Hughes fired a Sunday 66 to

finish solo second at 5 under par.