Honda Classic: Sungjae Im wins as Tommy Fleetwood misses out

Sungjae Im secured a maiden PGA Tour victory at the Honda Classic, as Tommy Fleetwood narrowly missed out after a late error.

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Im posted a four-under 66 on PGA National’s Champion Course to end the week on six under and a shot clear of Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes, with Tommy Fleetwood a further stroke back in third after finding water with his approach into the final hole.

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Fleetwood started the day with a one-shot lead and quickly extended his advantage by birdieing his opening two holes, only to miss a 10-footer to save par at the sixth and fail to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the eighth.

Im began three back but closed the gap by following an opening-hole birdie with three consecutive gains from the third, before cancelling out a blemish at the seventh by holing a six-footer at the 11th.

The Korean briefly dropped back after three-putting the 12th and bogeying the next, as Hughes drained a 30-footer at the 11th and holed out of from a bunker at the 13th to moved tied for the lead.

Im came back with a stunning tee shot at the 15th to set up an eight-foot birdie and then added another from a similar distance at the par-three 17th, where Hughes nailed a 50-foot birdie to bounce back from his previous-hole bogey.

Holding a one-shot lead heading to the par-five last, Im found the bunker with his third shot but splashed out of the sand to three feet and saved par to set the clubhouse target.

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Fleetwood caught the lip of the bunker on his way to a bogey at the 13th and went inches away from the water on his way to saving par at the next, before converting a 25-footer at the 17th to get back within a shot with one hole to play.

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