Lim Seong-jae (25, CJ Logistics) greatly improved his ranking in the 3rd round of the PGA Tour RBC Heritage (total prize money of 20 million dollars), showing the possibility of entering the ‘Top 10’.
On the 16th (Korean time), on the third day of the tournament held at Harbor Town Golf Links (par 71, 7213 yards) in Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA, Lim Seong-jae tied 6 birdies and a bogey and recorded a 5 under par 66 strokes.
Im Seong-jae, who recorded an interim total of 9 under par 204 strokes, tied for 16th with Keegan Bradley, Russell Henry, Brian Harman, and Patton Kizire (above USA). It is a ranking that has risen 18 places from a tie for 34th the previous day.
The gap with solo leader Matt Fitzpatrick (England) widened by 5 strokes. However, it was only one stroke away from the tie for 9th place (10 under par, 203 strokes), the last round of the top 10, and it was possible to aim for the 5th top 10 of the season in the final round.
Im Seong-jae, who started the game on the 1st hole (par 4), caught his first birdie on the 2nd hole (par 5). Afterwards, Lim Seong-jae, who reduced one more stroke in the 6th hole (par 4), committed the only bogey in the game on the 7th hole (par 3), but made up for it with a birdie in the 9th hole (par 4), the last hole of the first half.
In the second half, concentration was outstanding. Im Seong-jae raised his ranking with three consecutive birdies from the 13th hole (par 4). He made a long birdie putt from a distance of 11m on the 14th hole (par 3), and missed the second shot in the bunker on the 15th hole (par 5), but showed the potential to connect with a birdie.
Lee Gyeong-hoon (32, CJ Logistics), who passed the cut the day before along with Lim Seong-jae, added 2 under par in the 3rd round, and tied for 46th with a median total of 4 under par and 209 strokes.
Fitzpatrick drove 8 under par that day and took the lead with a median total of 14 under par and 199 strokes. On this day, he added a shot eagle on the 3rd hole (par 4) to 6 birdies without bogey.
Fitzpatrick, who won his first PGA Tour victory at the US Open last year, is aiming for his second career victory at this event.안전놀이터
Behind Fitzpatrick, Patrick Cantley (USA) is in second place by one stroke, and Jordan Spieth (USA) is in third place by two strokes.
Yon Rahm (Spain), who won the Masters last week and climbed to the top of the world rankings, tied for 21st with an 8 under par 205 until the third round.