Published: Sun, May 21, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kim, 21, becomes youngest to win Players

Kim, 21, becomes youngest to win Players

"I still can't believe that I'm the champion and I'm the youngest champion for this championship and I'm very honored to be the champion for this unbelievable fifth Major event and I'm looking forward to working hard from now on", said Kim, whose other PGA Tour victory was at last year's Wyndham Championship.

After holding off Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen to be crowned victorious at TPC Sawgrass, Si Woo Kim became just the fourth player under the age of 22 to win on the PGA Tour.

"From being in a position a couple of weeks ago where I wasn't here to finish tied second, it's a good week", Poulter said after his best finish since November 2014.

And the 21-year-old is also comfortably the youngest victor of the Players Championship, surpassing the record set by former world No 1 Adam Scott, who was 23 when he wonat Sawgrass in 2004.

"I think when I sit back and reflect on this week, I've played with less pressure", Poulter said.

J.B. Holmes brought the wrong kind of a show - an 84, the highest final round of anyone who had at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Cabrera Bello made the first albatross 2 on the par-5 16th with an 8-iron that caromed off the side of a bunker, bounced toward the hole and struck the pin before it disappeared. He wasn't able to join the PGA Tour at that time since he wasn't 18 years old, and had to spend two years on the developmental tour before becoming a member.

Pretty incredible for such a young player! While no male Korean golfers were able to crack their way into the top 30 in the world ranking previous year, there were five Koreans ranked in the top 10 of the Rolex Ranking, a ranking system for female golfers.

"I would have had to, as I said, ask for invites, play certain events that you probably don't want to play when your family are back in England and you're over here playing golf", he said.

However, even though he failed to earn his first tournament victory since 2012, there was still plenty of positives for the Englishman to take away. He earned a card at age 17, but he could not become a PGA Tour member until he turned 18 the following June.

Ian Poulter salutes the crowd after nearly pitching his fourth shot into the hole on the 18th green.

Australia's world No.3 Jason Day claimed an unwanted record for the worst final round by a defending champion since the Players moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1982, signing for an 80.

On top of the financial windfall, Kim also received a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a three-year exemption to the Masters. It's just what I need - the chance to come back to Britain and play some golf and enjoy it.

Other notable golfers from the country, K.J. Choi and 2009 USPGA Champion Y.E. Yang completed their stints with the military before turning professional.

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