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Sung-jae Im, the First Asian Winner of PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, To Meet Korean Fans at THE CJ CU

NEWS&STORIES 2019.09.25

− Sung-jae Im says he was able to gain confidence thanks to the great support of golf fans in South Korea

− Sung-jae Im says he could survive his two years of living in hotels thanks to the support of Korean fans 

− Sung-jae Im is scheduled to visit South Korea to attend The CJ CUP, which takes place in Jeju in October.

On the 14th, Sung-jae Im (21, CJ Logistics) became the first Asian golfer to win PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Upon winning the award, he expressed his gratitude to Korean golf fans, saying, “I am glad to receive PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors, which a pro golfer can win only once in his career, and I am also happy to deliver good news to Korean fans on the occasion of Chuseok. I had been having a great deal of anxiety in the back of my mind because the competition for this year’s Rookie of the Year was so intense. However, thanks to the attention and support of many Korean fans, I could wait for the result in a calm state. I would like to take this occasion to thank my Korean fans for their continued support.”

Im also did not forget to offer a word of thanks to his sponsor, CJ, which has been supporting him for the past two years. Im said, “I would like to thank my sponsor CJ and related officials, who persistently support and cheer for me behind the scenes. Above all else, having CJ as my first sponsor in my pro golfing career, starting as early as my Tour days, has been immensely helpful. CJ took care of all the details so that I could concentrate solely on golfing. Also, thanks to the bibigo products CJ sent me every year, I could spend my time in hotels without worrying about Korean food.”

CJ Group initially decided to sponsor Im on the strength of his potential after seeing him advance to the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly the Tour) in early 2017, which is essentially the minor leagues of the PGA Tour. Since then, CJ Group has been attentively supporting Im — for the past two years of his pro golfing career — so that he can only focus on his performance.

Im, who got off to a good start by finishing tied 19th at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier — which is an opening event for a new PGA Tour season — is set to visit South Korea this coming October to attend THE CUP in Jeju. The CJ Cup has great significance for Im as he was raised in Jeju. His aim is to make up for the underperformance of finishing tied 41st at last year’s edition of the tournament, where he made his debut in The CJ CUP.

Im said with an air of determination, “I learned a lot during my first time at The CJ CUP playing alongside world-class golfers like Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, and that experience helped me a great deal in adapting myself to the PGA Tour last season. I won Rookie of the Year at that time, but it's unfortunate that I wasn’t able to win any tournament. As I have received support from many Korean fans, I will strive even harder this season to deliver to them news of my winning a tournament. And it would be awesome if the tournament were THE CJ CUP.”

Sung-jae Im (21, Jeju-born, CJ Logistics) Profile

2014~15  Plays on South Korea’s national male golf team

2015  Joins KPGA

2016  Advances to JGTO 

2017  Finishes 2nd in the qualifying tournament on the PGA Tour 

        Signs a sponsorship contract with CJ Logistics 

2018  Wins the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the PGA Tour 

2018  Wins the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the PGA Tour

        Obtains a PGA Tour card (as first-placer)

2018  Wins Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour

2019  Finishes joint 3rd in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour

2019  Advances to the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour

         Finishes joint 19th in the FedExCup point standings

2019  Wins Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour