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Sungjae Im sets PGA Tour record for birdies in a 72-hole event ... and tied for fifth

January 07, 2024

Michael Reaves

The habitually defenseless Plantation Course at Kapalua on Maui took a record-breaking drubbing this week, when South Korea’s Sungjae Im set a PGA Tour record for birdies in a 72-hole event with 34, including 11 made on Sunday during the final round of The Sentry.

Kim birdied the par-5 15th in the final round—his 33rd of the tournament—to break the record previously held by Mark Calcavecchia (2001 Phoenix Open), Paul Gow (2001 B.C. Open) and Jon Rahm (2022 Sentry). For good measure, he birdied the 18th hole to extend the new mark to 34.

The obvious question, of course, is how a man who birdied 47.2 percent of the 72 holes, including a final-round of 10-under 63, finished tied for fifth place. Well, he made seven bogeys and a double bogey over the course of four rounds. Bogeys on the par-73 Plantation Course are akin to double bogeys anywhere else.

It was a remarkably impressive performance, nonetheless. Im made nine birdies in the first round, followed by eight, six and 11 in the ensuing three rounds, and posted scores of 65, 66, 73 and 63, a total of 25-under 267. Chris Kirk shot 29 under par to take home the win in the signature event. He collected 30 birdies and a lone bogey.