Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ian Poulter to play PGA Championship after European Tour invitation

Ian Poulter to play PGA Championship after European Tour invitation

South Korea's Si Woo Kim produced a nerveless display to become the youngest ever victor of the Players Championship but will soon be set to put his burgeoning career on hold for 21 months for national service. Kim clinched the second PGA title of his career by concluding the Players 10-under 278, outpacing runners-up Ian Poulter of England and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa by three strokes.

The win was Kim's second on the PGA Tour and earned him a five-year exemption on the Tour.

"I wasn't nervous at all because I was leading", he said of the 17th. He took a penalty drop, and then hit wedge over the trees and almost holed it, tapping in for bogey. Stupid bogeys on 13 and 14.

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

"My form is good - I don't feel like I've got a lot out of my game over the last few weeks - but I've been working hard and hopefully the results will follow". Defending champion Jason Day made a quadruple-bogey 9 at the par-5 16th hole, hit his tee shot at No. 17 into the water, and limped home with an 80 to tie for 60th and kept up the streak of no back-to-back champions.

"Because of that experience", Kim said through his interpreter, "I could be relieved and I could be very stable".

The bogey was only his second over the final 46 holes of the tournament.

Because he can fill those five years with a litany of starts in golf's biggest tournaments. "Never once did he look flustered at all". 2017 The Players Champion.

He came up short in both categories after missing the cut in his 10th event last month, but Gay - who was also playing on a medical exemption after back problems - came to the rescue by discovering a difference between the way points were allotted this season compared to a year ago. J.B. Holmes had an absolute shocker.

Just over four years ago, Kim came over to America to play the final version of PGA Tour's qualifying school.

After playing in the 2015 Presidents Cup, Bae enrolled in November 2015 and, when his 21 months is completed in August, he is expected to return to the PGA Tour after a special "Mandatory Obligation" exemption category was created.

Poulter admitted afterwards that he was keen to play a number of European Tour events this summer, and he will join the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in a star-studded field for the first of seven Rolex Series tournaments.

Winners of a gold medal at either the Olympic or Asian Games means that an athlete does not have to serve in the military for their country but PGA Tour wins are not enough.

Yet, we might not get to see him for another two years.

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