Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Kim Si-woo Becomes Youngest Golfer to Win PGA Players Championship


Si Woo Kim of South Korea, celebrates winning The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

But Si Woo Kim's golf game in the final round of The Players Championship on Sunday was a performance beyond his years and one for the ages.

Kim's second PGA Tour victory earned him US$1.89 million (US$1=W1,123).

US golf commentator Brandel Chamblee likened the 21-year-old's surprise victory to Donald Trump's shock USA election victory and the outcome of the Brexit referendum.

Rafa Cabrera Bello hit 8-iron that bounded off the side of a bunker and into the cup for an albatross 2 on the par-5 16th. Not only did Ian Poulter, Louis Oosthuizen, Lucas Glover or third round co-leaders Kyle Stanley and J.B. Holmes never catch Kim, all of them except Poulter struggled to stay within reasonable striking distance.

"For me, to have played well last week and locked up everything in America has now freed my summer up and meant I can come back and play in some of the big events in Europe, which Im really looking forward to", he told the European Tour's website.

Along with the honor of being the youngest player to top the leaderboard, Lee is now also the second Korean to win the Players after Choi Kyung-ju, who won the title back in 2011.

He made an immediate impact upon his return to the Tour a year ago, however, winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship.

Who is Si Woo Kim?

Kim smashed Scott's record as youngest Players Championship victor, which the Queenslander set in 2004 aged 23 years, 8 months and 12 days. But he had a stretch of six consecutive holes on the back nine without facing a par putt over two feet as he scrambled his way to the top.

"After consulting with my team last night and this morning, I have chose to withdraw from this week's AT&T Byron Nelson", Kim said in a statement.

Only last month, he thought he has lost his PGA Tour card only for a miscalculation in his earnings due to a medical dispensation. "There's been a lot of interesting things happen in the last 18 months which haven't been very helpful for playing golf".

"I think it was hard to kind of get it close, and obviously, the opportunities on the back nine were 11 - I hit a decent shot into 10 and had a decent look there, but took advantage of 11", Poulter explained.

"I feel like I'm still dreaming that I won this championship", Kim said after claiming the victory.

Holmes shot 44 on the back nine and his 84 was the highest score in Players history for a player who led or shared the lead entering a Sunday.

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell both had disappointing final rounds.

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