In the first round of the Zurich Classic (total prize money of 8.6 million dollars), a PGA tour team competition where teams play, Im Seong-jae and Noh Seung-yeol placed third, paving the way for victory.
On the 21st (Korean time), on the first day of the tournament held at TPC Louisiana (par 72, 7425 yards) in Avondale, Louisiana, USA, he and his partner Keith Mitchell (USA) jointly shot 10 under par 62 strokes. Noh Seung-yeol also tied for 3rd place with Michael Kim, a Korean-American. It is one stroke behind the co-leaders Joe Wyndham Clark-Bo Hoosler and Sean O’Hare-Brandon Matthews Joe (above USA).
In the first and third rounds of the Zurich Classic, four-ball (two players play each other with a ball, and the better performance is scored as a team score), and in the second and fourth rounds, foursomes (one ball is hit alternately).
Im Seong-jae reduced 5 strokes with 6 birdies and 1 bogey that day, and Mitchell also reduced 5 strokes with 1 eagle and 3 birdies.
In an interview after the game, Lim Seong-jae said, “I had fun playing against Mitchell. Tomorrow, Mitchell will probably hit odd numbers and I will hit a lot of iron shots, but my goal is to control the distance well so that Mitchell can putt comfortably.” Lim Seong-jae and Mitchell are known to have become close while playing together in the third round of the Honda Classic in March 2019.
Mitchell offered to compete at the Zurich Classic in April of that year. However, at the time, Im Seong-jae promised to form a group with Kim Min-hwi, so it was not possible. And this year, Im Seong-jae reached out first, and Mitchell agreed. Lim Seong-jae teamed up with Ahn Byeong-hun for the past two years, was eliminated from the cut in 2021, and tied for 14th last year.
Noh Seung-yeol teamed up with Michael Kim,스포츠토토 a Korean-American, and tied for third place in the 10-under par. Noh Seung-yeol showed off his teamwork by catching 6 birdies and Michael Kim 4 birdies. Noh Seung-yeol won his first PGA Tour victory at this event in 2014, before switching to his team game.
Meanwhile, Bae Sang-moon and Kang Seong-hoon tied for 30th with a 7 under par 65, and Kim Si-woo and Kim Joo-hyung tied for 43rd with a 6-under 66. Ahn Byung-hun and Kim Seong-hyun are tied for 56th with a 5 under par and 67 strokes.