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Honda Classic 2020: Sungjae Im Rallies to Beat Tommy Fleetwood for Win

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 1, 2020

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 01: Sungjae Im of South Korea plays his shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa Champion course on March 01, 2020 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The 2020 Honda Classic at the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, had a different leader for each round, but Sungjae Im came out on top when it mattered most Sunday afternoon.

The 2019 Rookie of the Year claimed his first PGA Tour victory by shooting a 66 to finish six under par.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

21-year-old Sungjae Im has won @TheHondaClassic. 🏆 The 2019 Rookie of the Year is now a PGA TOUR champion. #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/EbrxCs4DsL

Tommy Fleetwood, who held a one-stroke lead over Brendan Steele atop the leaderboard entering Sunday, gave Im a scare when he birdied a difficult 17th hole to come within one stroke:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Not. Over. Yet. @TommyFleetwood1 birdies 17. He’s 1 back headed to the 72nd hole. #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/kzDeUddikI

The 29-year-old Englishman needed to birdie No. 18 to force a playoff with Im but will have to capture his first PGA Tour title elsewhere after bogeying 18:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Tommy Fleetwood needed birdie to force a playoff. His approach landed in the water and he made bogey to finish solo third. https://t.co/ZNtQI7h1O0

Im began the day with five birdies on hole Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 11. He remained keyed in throughout to overcome three bogeys:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

For the solo lead. Sungjae Im has made five birdies through 11 holes. 👏 #QuickHits https://t.co/yDLITiSbOR

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

In trouble but not out of the hole. Sungjae Im makes a great par at No. 6 to remain one back. #QuickHits https://t.co/JeME0elYjW

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Sungjae Im just played The Bear Trap in 2-under. He leads by 1. #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/X26wUkrxeS

Fleetwood was also bested by 29-year-old Canadian Mackenzie Hughes. Hughes finished at five under for lone possession of second place, shooting four under on the day while Fleetwood struggled to even par. Fleetwood finished in third at four under.

Steele, like Fleetwood, bogeyed his final hole to drop into four-way tie for fourth place after leading through 36 holes.

Final Leaderboard and Payouts

1. Sungjae Im (-6): $1.26 million

2. Mackenzie Hughes (-5): $763,000

3. Tommy Fleetwood (-4): $483,000

T4. Byeong Hun An (-3): share of $343,000

T4. Daniel Berger (-3): share of $343,000

T4. Lee Westwood (-3): share of $343,000

T4. Brendan Steele (-3): share of $343,000

T8. Gary Woodland (-2): share of $218,750

T8. Cameron Davis (-2): share of $218,750

T8. Russell Henley (-2): share of $218,750

Full leaderboard available at PGATour.com

Full payout numbers can be found courtesy of Golf.com's James Colgan


Brice Garnett and Wyndham Clark each bumped a round-most 31 spots up the leaderboard to finish in a six-way tie for 11th.

Reigning champion Keith Mitchell failed to make the cut, while 18-hole co-leader Tom Lewis' luck also ran out. Lewis finished six over in a tie for 47th place. Harris English, Lewis' co-leader through 18, had a much stronger finish. The 30-year-old American improved 17 spots from Saturday to finish in a four-way tie for 17th at even par.

Tiger Woods was notably absent from the field. The 15-time major champion opted to skip the event for a second straight year, which is located near his Florida home, after playing through back stiffness in mid-February's Genesis Invitational.

The next PGA Tour event will be the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, beginning Thursday. Francesco Molinari is the defending champion.

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