Sungjae Im runs the tables in Las Vegas victory

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sungjae Im was so dialed into his game that he didn’t realize how many birdies he was making in turning a shootout into a one-man show in Las Vegas.

Only when he saw a leaderboard after his big run was over — seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch around the turn Sunday at the TPC Summerlin — did it begin to sink in.

“When I saw that I was leading by five, I said to myself, ‘Let’s not make a mistake and I can get this done,’” he said.

By then, he had done all he needed. The 23-year-old South Korean closed with four safe pars for a 9-under 62 and a four-shot victory over Matthew Wolff in the Shriners Children’s Open.

“Very meaningful win,” Im said. “It was hard coming, but I think today how everything went, I think it was a gift from above. I played so well and I’m glad I got the win.”

It was the best closing round by a winner in the Shriners Children’s Open since Smylie Kaufman shot 61 in 2016. Im finished at 24-under 260, matching the tournament record held by Webb Simpson (2013) and Ryan Moore (2012).

Wolff was trying to keep pace when he turned trouble into a birdie on the par-5 ninth with an 18-foot putt. But he was slowed by two tee shots that wound up in the worst of spots and led to bogeys he couldn’t afford.

Wolff made a pair of late birdies for a 68 — he’s now 12 for 12 with rounds in the 60s at Summerlin — and had to settle for a runner-up finish.

Im was among four players who had at least a share of the lead on the front nine of the TPC Summerlin on an ideal day of scoring with little wind.

When he holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole, the third-toughest on the course, to tie for the lead, Im was just getting started.

He closed out the front nine with a simple up-and-down short of the green on the par-5 ninth to take the lead, then ran off four more birdies, the best of that lot on No. 10 when he went from a fairway bunker to 25 feet and made the putt.

“The lie was not great with the lip in…



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