Si Woo Kim becomes youngest victor of Players Championship

South Korean golfer Kim Si-woo became the youngest champion at the Players Championship, unofficially considered the fifth "major" of the season, after holding off England's Ian Poulter at TPC Sawgrass here.

Kim became just the second player from South Korea to win the Players - joining K.J. Choi, and earned a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour along with a three-year major-championship exemption with the win.

Si Woo Kim may have won one of golf's most prestigious tournaments on Sunday but he might be taken away from us just as he announced himself to the world.

1 - It was a second PGA Tour title for Kim - he won the Wyndham Championship past year.

And while Kim now looks in line to make the President's Cup team, it was the rejuvinated Ian Poulter that grabbed much of the headlines.

Less than a month ago Poulter thought he had lost his card on the PGA Tour after failing to earn enough points in a certain number of events this season having recovered from a foot injury that badly affected his 2016 campaign.

Kim said the win past year allowed him to remain calm on the golf course.

Kim began the day two shots off the lead shared by Americans JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley - but birdies on the first, seventh and ninth gave him a two-shot lead at the turn.




Kim bumped a fairway metal to just over 3 feet on the final hole and rapped in the par putt to being the celebration. Just three (Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Hideki Matsuyama) of the top 10 players in the world finished in the top 25.

Kim finished tied for 20th at the 2012 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West in Palm Springs at age 17 years, five months, six days, making him the youngest player to graduate from qualifying school.

Even when he hit a few bumps by landing in the pine straw or a bunker, Kim's poise was unflappable.

Spanish star Rafa Cabrera Bello provided a spark at the end of his round by holing his second shot for an albatross on the par-five 16th. Defending champion Jason Day and Olympic Champion Justin Rose both carded 8-over-par rounds of 80, while Rickie Fowler went one better at 79, and Garcia at 78.

Holmes wasn't alone. Defending champion Jason Day closed with an 80, keeping very much in tact the streak of no victor ever repeating in the Players.

Kim finished at 10-under 278, replacing Adam Scott in 2005 (at age 23) as the youngest victor of The Players. - Louis Oosthuizen may only have one PGA Tour win, but he sure is good at racking up runner-up finishes against stellar fields.

Kim claimed his second win on the PGA Tour in just his second appearance in the tournament after finishing tied for 23rd past year in his debut at The Players. "From the beginning of this year, I really wished I could be in the top 10 so I could get the ticket to get in, and I'm very proud that I could join this tournament as a representative of Korea and Asia".

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