The Honda Classic R4

Im wins maiden PGA title

February 27 – March 01
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


South Korea’s Sungjae Im claimed his first PGA Tour title in the Honda Classic as overnight leader Tommy Fleetwood had to settle for a tie for third place.

The Honda Classic R4 - Im wins maiden PGA title
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Im carded a closing 66 at PGA National to finish six under par and a shot ahead of Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes, with Fleetwood another stroke back following a final round of 71.


Fleetwood took a one-shot lead into the final round and stretched his lead to three with birdies at the first and second, only to drop shots on the sixth, eighth and 13th to fall two strokes behind.


A birdie from 25 feet on the daunting par-three 17th meant Fleetwood needed another on the par-five 18th to force a play-off, but the Ryder Cup star pushed his approach into the water to the right of the green as a spectator appeared to scream “get in the hole” at the top of his backswing.



“You live or die by the shots you hit,” Fleetwood told Sky Sports. “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.


“It was a hard number (for the second shot), I had to hit a massive cut with a five wood and came out of it and that was that. It’s golf, I’m upset but I’m fine.

“I had a stretch today where not a lot happened but feel like I’m doing a good job of staying there, I’m getting there more and more often and yeah I’m not winning them all, but coming down the last hole I’ve been there every time and it’s just not happened.”

Im began the day three shots behind Fleetwood but birdied four of the first five holes before dropping a shot on the seventh.

A birdie on the 11th was followed by back-to-back bogeys but the 21-year-old responded superbly to birdie the 15th and 17th and crucially saved par from a greenside bunker on the last.

“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 told NBC through an interpreter.


“Those experiences really helped, especially coming down the last few holes and I pulled out the win.

“I knew I was one back going into the last four and just wanted to get a little bit more aggressive rather than be tentative on those holes. I was hitting the ball really good and felt that I could get at those pins.”


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Ryder Cup Day 1

News
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
72
66
70
66
274
2
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-5
71
72
66
66
275
3
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
70
68
67
71
276
T4
Brendan Steele
USA
-3
68
67
71
71
277
T4
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-3
76
66
68
67
277
T4
Daniel Berger
USA
-3
69
70
69
69
277
T4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
67
69
71
70
277
T8
Cameron Davis
AUS
-2
70
67
73
68
278
T8
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
70
67
74
67
278
T8
Russell Henley
USA
-2
70
69
70
69
278
T11
Brice Garnett
USA
-1
72
69
72
66
279
T11
Luke Donald
ENG
-1
70
66
71
72
279
T11
Mark Hubbard
USA
-1
69
71
69
70
279
T11
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
-1
70
69
71
69
279
T11
Robby Shelton
USA
-1
70
69
70
70
279
T11
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
68
74
71
66
279
T17
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
69
69
70
72
280
T17
Harris English
USA
Par
66
74
72
68
280
T17
Richy Werenski
USA
Par
70
68
73
69
280
T17
Ryan Palmer
USA
Par
70
72
68
70
280
T21
Brandon Hagy
USA
1
70
71
69
71
281
T21
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
70
69
73
69
281
T21
Jimmy Walker
USA
1
72
69
70
70
281
T21
Kramer Hickok
USA
1
73
70
69
69
281
T21
Patrick Rodgers
USA
1
69
71
72
69
281
T21
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
69
69
73
70
281
T27
Adam Long
USA
2
71
68
74
69
282
T27
Cameron Tringale
USA
2
67
72
72
71
282
T27
Ian Poulter
ENG
2
70
70
72
70
282
T27
Jamie Lovemark
USA
2
69
69
73
71
282
T27
Jason Dufner
USA
2
70
72
68
72
282
T27
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
2
70
71
69
72
282
T27
Nick Watney
USA
2
71
66
73
72
282
T27
Sepp Straka
AUT
2
70
67
74
71
282
T35
Aaron Wise
USA
3
71
70
72
70
283
T35
J. T. Poston
USA
3
67
69
73
74
283
T35
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
3
71
69
69
74
283
T38
Beau Hossler
USA
4
70
71
71
72
284
T38
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
4
69
71
71
73
284
T38
Matthew NeSmith
USA
4
71
72
70
71
284
T38
Talor Gooch
USA
4
71
69
75
69
284
T42
Billy Horschel
USA
5
73
67
70
75
285
T42
Bud Cauley
USA
5
70
72
72
71
285
T42
Chris Baker
USA
5
70
73
70
72
285
T42
Harold Varner III
USA
5
69
70
76
70
285
T42
Vaughn Taylor
USA
5
71
71
71
72
285
T47
Brian Harman
USA
6
71
72
74
69
286
T47
Danny Lee
NZL
6
70
73
73
70
286
T47
Kevin Streelman
USA
6
69
70
72
75
286
T47
Kurt Kitayama
USA
6
70
71
71
74
286
T47
Matt Jones
AUS
6
70
73
72
71
286
T47
Tom Lewis
ENG
6
66
75
71
74
286
T53
Grayson Murray
USA
7
73
68
70
76
287
T53
Sam Ryder
USA
7
71
71
75
70
287
T53
Scott Stallings
USA
7
70
72
76
69
287
T53
Stewart Cink
USA
7
73
69
71
74
287
57
Michael Thompson
USA
8
70
73
75
70
288
T58
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
9
74
69
72
74
289
T58
Harry Higgs
USA
9
72
68
72
77
289
T58
Matthew Wolff
USA
9
72
70
72
75
289
T61
Austin Cook
USA
10
72
70
76
72
290
T61
Cameron Percy
AUS
10
69
74
74
73
290
T61
Mark Anderson
USA
10
71
72
71
76
290
T64
Fabian Gomez
ARG
11
72
69
79
71
291
T64
Sam Burns
USA
11
69
71
76
75
291
66
Brian Stuard
USA
12
67
75
77
73
292
67
Zach Johnson
USA
13
67
75
76
75
293
68
Patton Kizzire
USA
14
70
72
74
78
294
69
Hayden Buckley
USA
17
72
70
80
75
297
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
4
72
72
144
CUT
Doc Redman
USA
4
68
76
144
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
4
74
70
144
CUT
John Huh
USA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
73
71
144
CUT
Luke List
USA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
4
71
73
144
CUT
Rickie Fowler
USA
4
76
68
144
CUT
Sean O’Hair
USA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Sebastian Cappelen
DNK
4
72
72
144
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
5
75
70
145
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Daniel Wetterich
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
5
74
71
145
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
5
74
71
145
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
5
73
72
145
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
5
77
68
145
CUT
Andrew McCain
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Chase Seiffert
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
6
78
68
146
CUT
Justin Rose
ENG
6
72
74
146
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
6
70
76
146
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
6
72
74
146
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
6
73
73
146
CUT
Bo Hoag
USA
7
75
72
147
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
7
75
72
147
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
7
73
74
147
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
7
75
72
147
CUT
Seung-Yul Noh
KOR
7
75
72
147
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
7
72
75
147
CUT
Brooks Koepka
USA
8
74
74
148
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
8
72
76
148
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
8
73
75
148
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
8
74
74
148
CUT
Michael Gligic
CAN
8
72
76
148
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
8
74
74
148
CUT
Scott Harrington
USA
8
74
74
148
CUT
Tyler McCumber
USA
8
73
75
148
CUT
Vincent Whaley
USA
8
75
73
148
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
9
74
75
149
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
9
71
78
149
CUT
Joseph Bramlett
USA
9
77
72
149
CUT
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
9
74
75
149
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
9
74
75
149
CUT
Vijay Singh
FIJ
9
76
73
149
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
10
75
75
150
CUT
Doug Ghim
USA
10
74
76
150
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
10
74
76
150
CUT
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
10
69
81
150
CUT
Viktor Hovland
NOR
10
77
73
150
CUT
Wes Roach
USA
10
75
75
150
CUT
Zac Blair
USA
10
76
74
150
CUT
Hank Lebioda
USA
11
73
78
151
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
11
77
74
151
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
USA
12
77
75
152
CUT
Camilo Villegas
COL
12
75
77
152
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
12
74
78
152
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
12
75
77
152
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
13
76
77
153
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
14
75
79
154
CUT
Justin Bertsch
USA
15
76
79
155
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
15
80
75
155
CUT
Henrik Norlander
SWE
16
75
81
156
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
19
74
85
159
RET
Bronson Burgoon
USA
Par
72
72
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