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PGA Tour winner Im Sung-jae reaches No. 25 in world rankings

All News 08:48 March 03, 2020

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- On the strength of his first PGA Tour title, South Korean Im Sung-jae has broken into the top 30 in the world rankings for the first time.

Im, who captured the Honda Classic in Florida at the weekend, jumped nine spots to reach No. 25 in the latest world rankings announced Monday (in U.S. time).

Im's previous career high was No. 32.

In this EPA photo, Im Sung-jae of South Korea holds the champion's trophy after winning the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on March 1, 2020. (Yonhap)

The 21-year-old rallied from a three-shot deficit in the final round to win the Honda Classic by one stroke over Mackenzie Hughes of Canada and take home US$1.26 million. It was Im's 50th career PGA start.

The 2018-2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year also climbed to third on the money list with $3.22 million and to second on the FedEx Cup standings with 1,268 points.

Im is the top South Korean on the men's rankings. An Byeong-hun, who tied for fourth at the Honda Classic, moved up from 52nd to 47th.

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