Im Sung-jae (26, CJ), who is active on the PGA Tour, drew a line saying he is not interested in LIV golf sponsored by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF).
In a video press conference held ahead of the PGA Tour’s 2024 season opener The Sentry (20 million U.S. dollars in total prize money), Im Sung-jae said, “I am not interested in LIV Golf’s offer.” “I want to play on the PGA Tour until I get old,” he said.
Launched in 2022, LIV Golf has attracted a number of PGA Tour star players by banking on its enormous financial power. Notably, it recently recruited Jon Rahm (Spain), who is ranked third in the world, to draw attention.
In response, Im Sung-jae said, “It’s meaningless for me to talk about the choice of a man.” He added, “Since each person has a different idea, the decision will be different.”
Im Sung-jae will compete in The Sentry in Hawaii from the 5th (Korean time). “This is my fourth competition in Hawaii, and I have confidence because I have good results before,” he said. “This year is a single season, so I have to perform well from the beginning to advance to the playoffs and save my physical strength.”헤라카지노
The Sentry will qualify 34 winners of last year’s PGA Tour tournament and up to the top 50 FedEx Cup points for the 2022-23 season. Among Korean players, four including Im Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo, Kim Joo-hyung and Ahn Byung-hoon will participate in the tournament.
Im Sung-jae ranked 24th in FedEx Cup points and won the right to participate in this tournament. “I think I had a comfortable rest in Korea,” he said, while preparing for the tournament by both resting and training in Korea for two months since October. “I met my friends, so I spent a lot of time in the U.S., and made a lot of memories.”
Im Sung-jae, who is already in his sixth season of the PGA Tour, said about his goal this year, “I’m going to the Tour Championship for six consecutive years.” “I was sluggish for a while last year, but I think I finished it well by advancing to the Tour Championship and winning the Asian Games gold medal,” he said with a smile.
Furthermore, his goal is to achieve results in major competitions. In particular, Im Sung-jae showed his will to challenge for the top at the 2020 Masters Tournament, which was the runner-up.
“The Masters is the No. 1 player in my mind. When I go to Augusta National, I feel different from other major competitions,” Im Sung-jae said. “My dream was to wear a green jacket since I was young. I even ranked second, and I want to compete for the title someday.” “I want to play in other major competitions such as the U.S. Open, The Open, and the PGA Championship besides the Masters,” Im said. “I’ve never been in the top 10 so I’ll show my best performance this year.”
Lim Sung-jae, who won the gold medal in the team event at the Hangzhou Asian Games last year, is highly likely to participate in the Paris Olympics again this year. “I don’t know who will participate yet, but I really want to participate if I get selected,” Lim said. “I’ve been to the Asian Games, but the Olympics is a different feeling. I want a medal.”
However, when asked what he was more desperate about winning the Olympic gold medal or a major, he said without hesitation, “Winning the major.”
Im Sung-jae predicted that the number of wins that Korean players will win in this season’s PGA Tour is about two to three. “I wish I could be included,” Im said, expressing his greed.