SuperStroke welcomed Sungjae Im to its lineup of SuperStroke Ambassadors in 2021. Im has won a number of his professional victories using a SuperStroke putter grip.
Sungjae Im has been playing professional golf since 2015. Originally from South Korea, Im played on the Japan Golf Tour in 2016 and 2017, with his best finish happening at the Mynavi ABC Championship in 2017, where he finished as joint runner-up. From there he went on to play a number of tournaments on the Korean Tour where his best finish was in 2017 as a joint runner-up.
In 2017 Im started playing on the Web.com Tour, now the Korn Ferry Tour. Highlights of this year include finishing in second place in the Web.com Tour Q-school, in which he shot 60 in the third round. He was victorious in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, the first event of the season, at only 19. This made him the second youngest winner in Web.com Tour history after Jason Day.
When Im started playing on the PGA Tour during the 2018-2019 season, he won PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, becoming the 13th rookie ever to qualify for the Tour Championship. His outstanding performance during this season included leading the tour in a number of areas, including in 35 starts and 26 cuts made.
In 2019 he also had seven top-ten finishes, including at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here he finished 17th in strokes gained. Additionally, Im played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, where he finished 3–1–1 and also won a singles match against his opponent Gary Woodland.
This was also the year Im became the second player, after Stewart Cink, to be recognized as Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons.
In 2020, Im won his first PGA Tour title at The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He finished with an overall score of 6-under, which moved him into second place in the FedEx Cup rankings. With this win, Im became the seventh player from South Korea to win on the PGA Tour and the 10th international champion in The Honda Classic’s last ten years.
That same year he competed at the Masters Tournament for the first time at 23 years old. He tied for second place with Cameron Smith, only five shots behind that year’s winner Dustin Johnson. This made him the first Asian player to finish runner-up at the Masters.
Sungjae Im won his second PGA Tour title at the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas in 2021, where he led most of the tournament. In his final round, he shot a 9-under 62, beating Matthew Wolff by four shots. Im’s performance gave him the best closing round by the tournament’s winner in Las Vegas since 2016’s performance by Smylie Kaufman when he shot 61.
At the 2022 Tokyo Olympics, Sungjae Im competed for South Korea and finished at number 22 for the Men’s Individual event in golf.
Sungjae Im was born in Cheongju, South Korea on March 30, 1998. He attended Korea National Sport University and currently resides in Jeju, South Korea.
Sungjae Im’s putter grip of choice is the 1.0 PT, which is SuperStroke’s twist on the putter grip design tour players have been using for decades. Overall, the design is a pistol style with a more pronounced arc. The signature Traxion materials help players maintain even grip pressure and enforces greater consistency in hand positioning thanks to the embossed Spyne Technology.
- First Asian Runner-Up at the Masters in 2020
- 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year
- 2018 Web.com Player of the Year
- 2 PGA Tour Victories
- Turned professional in 2015
- 2018 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
- 2018 WinCo Foods Portland Open
- 2019 Genesis Championship
- 2020 Honda Classic
- 2021 Shriners Children’s Open