Korean star Sungjae Im will be counting on his straight-shooting game to contend at this week’s U.S. Open as he seeks to atone for the major disappointment of missing the PGA Championship last month.
The 24-year-old Im is amongst a strong line-up of Asian stars teeing up at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, including 2021 Masters Tournament winner Hideki Matsuyama, world amateur No. 1 Keita Nakajima and countrymen Si Woo Kim and K.H. Lee. Spanish World No. 2 Jon Rahm is the defending champion.
There is heightened anticipation ahead of the year’s third major for Im as he was forced to withdraw from the PGA Championship after contracting Covid-19 while at home in Korea for a domestic tournament.
“Yes, it was certainly disappointing not being able to...