The joint runner-up in November’s Masters at Augusta National, where he was trying to become the first debutant winner since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
It came eight months after his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Honda Classic – he was still only 21 then - and a season after he was the circuit’s Rookie of the Year and became one of Ernie Els’s four Presidents Cup wildcards, earning a debut which saw him jointly top-score in the match with 3 ½ points out of five. His haul included a singles win over then U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.
Im’s 2019 campaign also brought success in the Genesis Championship on home soil in South Korea, which was quickly followed by a third-place finish at the ZOZO Championship in Japan won by Tiger Woods.
He turned professional in 2015 and had a runner-up finish during two seasons on the Japan Tour. Im then finished second at the Web.com Tour qualifying school – with the aid of a third-round 60 – and won the opening event of their 2018 season, making him at 19 the second-youngest champion on the circuit behind Jason Day.
His Masters performance in 2019 lifted him to a career-high 18th on the world rankings.