Sungjae Im probably felt a little bit like an everyday golfer today in winning the Honda Classic as his favourite club was probably his 5-iron. Im used his 5-iron on the dangerous par-3 15th hole, hitting his tee shot to eight feet (one of only two golfers on the day to get inside 10 feet) and made the ensuing putt for birdie. On the next hole the South Korean star had 162 metres from a fairway bunker and again pulled the 5-iron, hitting a solid shot that just cleared the lip but found the green.
Or perhaps the 7-iron is the favourite club. Im used that iron to stuff his tee shot on the par-3 17th to eight feet, leading to another birdie that was needed after Mackenzie Hughes dropped a 53-foot birdie bomb moments earlier to momentarily tie Im for the lead.
Im’s irons, including his 5-iron and 7-iron, are Titleist’s T100 with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.
Im started out quickly, birdieing four of the first five holes, thanks again to being on target with his irons and Titleist Vokey wedges. His approach shots came to rest 11, 11, eight and six feet on holes one, two, three and five, respectively, and he made the putts. Overall, Im ranked fourth in strokes gained/approach the green as well as seventh in strokes gained/around the green. That added up to more than 12 strokes ahead of the field in strokes gained/tee to green, which ranked first in the field. Im was also second in greens in regulation.
Even with all that, Im had to overcome a chunked wedge at the last, but was able to get the bunker shot up-and-down for a winning par.
What Sungjae Im had in the bag at the Honda Classic:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist TS3, 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist TS2, 13.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 818H2, 19.0 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Titleist T100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (52, 56 degrees); Titleist Vokey SM7 (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport SQR Select