He shot a final-round 71 that left him 7 under and in a tie for second place, moving him all the way up to 58th in the FedExCup standings. At 21 years, 10 months and 16 days, Kim is the youngest victor of the tournament considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour. He was the only player who didn't commit a bogey in the final round.
"I didn't expect that I could be the champion of this tournament at this young age", Kim told a news conference. From a playing perspective to be in this situation where I can play a schedule and enjoy some golf, some of my best golf has come out this week.
Si Woo Kim of South Korea, celebrates winning The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Not once did you hear about Si Woo Kim as a potential victor at the PGA Tour's "fifth" major.
"You have to respect some good golf and that's exactly what he's done", said the Englishman, who played his last seven holes at 2-over. "Still a few of them we're working through, but when I look back, and I reflect on this week, it's been a big week". He's the second-highest-ranked Asian player after Hideki Matsuyama, No. 3 from Japan.
Fellow South Korean golfer Bae Sang-Moon is now serving in the military after a court ruled against his case to avoid conscription to continue playing on tour.
Not only did Kim not make a bogey in the final round, he also lead the field in scrambling, getting it up and down from everywhere.
The 21-year-old displayed composure beyond his years to finish on 10-under 278 and follow 2011 champion KJ Choi as the second South Korean to win the PGA Tour's flagship event. "I kind of got close there on 11 once I made birdie, and obviously, I wanted to try and put a little bit more pressure on, but it was tough to get it close", he said. He stuffed his tee shot to 5 feet on the par-3 17th for birdie, and after hooking his tee shot into the water on the 18th, he rolled in a long putt from off the 18th green for par. This victory comes with perks beyond the $1.89 million first prize.
After playing just 13 tournaments in 2016 due to a foot injury, Poulter had 10 events this season to earn 218 FedEx Cup points or 347,634 U.S. dollars (£269,755) to remain fully exempt.
Kim's first PGA Tour victory came at last season's Wyndham Championship in his 38th PGA Tour start.
"I still can't believe I'm the champion and I'm the youngest champion for this major tournament", Kim said through a translator.
Sorry to disappoint, I can only dream of being as good as Brandel.it's clearly very easy sitting on your arse. thanks for the support. "That's why I could do well". "Regardless of me winning this tournament, I really have to go to the military service".
Kim also said he's been battling back pain since the start of the season. I knew I was playing better than that but it would have sounded stupid if I had been telling you guys I was playing great. "So it is nice to see it fill it up again and feel like I'm not touching the bottom".
Kim recently changed his putting grip.
Earning $924,000 this week, Poulter responded to the former PGA Tour player on Twitter in typical fashion.
"I wasn't nervous at all because I was leading", he said.
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