Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kim, 21, becomes youngest victor of Players

Si Woo Kim's second PGA Tour win at the Players Championship landed one Irish punter an absolute fortune.

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.

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.

"It wasn't looking like a great summer", he said, referring to the prospect of trying to get PGA Tour invitations when he typically spends most of his summer in England with his family.

"K.J. has become a really good model, so because he had won before I have I am kind of confident that a Korean can win one of these tournaments and that actually helps me when I'm playing", he added. "The putter is not quite doing what I would like".

Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain was never going to win, but it will be hard to forget how he finished.

The Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic Monday, citing a back injury.

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.

The 41-year-old grabbed his chance at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida, finishing three shots behind victor Kim Si-woo at the PGA Tour's flagship event. "There are some strong winds, and I'm actually enjoying that moment, so I think I was very confident that I could win".

Holmes finished with an 8 on the par-3 17th hole, when he hit two shots into the water and four-putted, and doubled the final hole when he needed three shots to reach the green and took three putts. He tied for fourth with Kyle Stanley.

He became the third global Players champion in four years and led seven worldwide players among the top-10.

Third-round co-leader J.B. Holmes ballooned to an 84 on Sunday and plummeted into a tie for 41st. The first came at the Wyndham Championship in August previous year. Today I felt like a couple of putts slid by, but I played well under pressure, barring that terrible second shot on the last.

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.

Kim's victory earned him a five-year PGA Tour exemption, which will be interrupted at some stage when he heads home to South Korea to complete mandatory national military service.

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