2021 Shriners Children’s Open leaderboard, grades: Sungjae Im holds off Matthew Wolff for second PGA Tour win


It got late early at the Shriners Children’s Open on Sunday as there was more drama over whether the winner would shoot 59 than there was over who would finish with the lowest score this week. Sungjae Im blew away the top of the leaderboard with a 9-under 62 in the finale to shoot 24 under for the week and secure the second PGA Tour victory of his career.

Im shot 30 on the front nine to race out in front of a group of five golfers that started the day in front of him on the board, and after he birdied the first four on the second nine, golf’s magic number seemed like a surer bet in Las Vegas than anyone other than Im winning this golf tournament. Im cruised to the house with five straight pars, and though he didn’t truly threaten 59, I’m sure he’s fine with an outcome that includes beating runner-up Matthew Wolff by four (and the rest of the strongest field of the PGA Tour season by five or more).

When asked about why everything was so flawless on Sunday when Im ranked in the top five in both iron play and putting and shot the round of the day by a stroke over Marc Leishman and Hayden Buckley, Im was succinct.

“It worked as I wanted it to,” he told Golf Channel of his game.

If only this sport was always so simple.

For Im, at times, it has been. The 23-year-old will again move into the top 25 in the world where he has resided for most of the last two years. However, since his first-third finish at the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational at the beginning of 2020, he has not won as much as he would have liked. Plenty of top 10s and some nice showings at the major championships (including a T2 at the 2020 Masters behind Dustin Johnson), but a player of Im’s caliber is hunting wins like he found on Sunday.

“It was very tough to get my first win, but I felt like the second one was harder and harder,” Im said through a translator Sunday. “I kept my patience and I tried to stay…

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