Si Woo Kim youngest Players Championship winner, Ian Poulter second at Sawgrass

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Mag 19, 2017

South Korean golfer Si Woo Kim has become the youngest-ever victor of The Players Championship.

Kim was almost flawless Sunday on the TPC Sawgrass, closing with a 3-under 69 with no bogeys on his card for a three-shot victory in golf's biggest tournament this side of the major championships.

"Korean female golfers are doing so well in the LPGA and I wanted to show that male golfers also have what it takes to play competitively in the US tour", said Kim, who has moved up to 28th in the ranking from 75th as of Sunday.

He was the only player to seriously challenge Si Woo Kim on the back nine Sunday at the TPC Sawgrass, and his incredible bogey save from the woods on the 18th hole gave him a 1-under 71 and a tie for second with Louis Oosthuizen.

It also marked Kim's second win on the PGA Tour after he was victorious at the Wyndham Championship a year ago. Last year, McIlroy was No. 38 in the standings when he arrived at TPC Boston, and moved all the way up to No. 4 with his second career win at the Dell Technologies Championship.

Now, he's nearly assured of being in the season-ending FedEx Cup play-offs.

Kim started Sunday's final round in fourth place, two shots behind overnight leaders JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley.

"It's still unbelievable that I won this championship and I am very excited I'm the youngest champion for this tournament and I'm very honored to be that", Kim said.

"I've been striking the ball really well for about two or three weeks", Kim said.

However, after fellow pro Brian Gay discovered a discrepancy in the points allocation for players coming back off medical exemptions, the Tour recalculated his points tally and Poulter was handed a lifeline until the end of the season.

Ian Poulter, of England, hits from the 15th fairway during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

"I felt really good since last night, and when I started the final round, I was actually very aggressive in order to get more score and beat them".

"I know he hit a couple of wonderful shots yesterday to get himself out of trouble, driver off the deck on 14 was a pretty impressive shot". "He's gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure. And never once did he look flustered at all". He only got into the tournament a few weeks ago when the PGA Tour realized a clerical oversight regarding his return from a foot injury past year.

Once Kim dropped his three birdies putts, he was unrelenting, especially when he made par saves on six of the back-nine holes.

Cabrera Bello holed out from 181 yards for the first albatross in tournament history on the 16th, then followed that with another two on the 17th, before holing from 35 feet for par on the last after hooking his tee shot into the water.

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