dglobalnews.com S. Korea's Kim becomes youngest ever victor of Players Championship
Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

S. Korea's Kim becomes youngest ever victor of Players Championship


Ahead of the tournament, Kim was 500/1 as he saw off the star-studded field at Ponte Vedra Beach to become the youngest Asian two-time PGA Tour victor, with the person - who wishes to remain anonymous - sticking on €100 each way.

The previous youngest victor was Adam Scott who won the 2003 tournament aged 23.

England's Ian Poulter returns to the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings after earning a share of second at the Players Championship.

Kim's triumph saw him replace Australia's Adam Scott as the youngest ever victor of the Players Championship, which is regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major. "They say you need experience to do well at the majors, but if I can study the course beforehand and prepare accordingly, I think it's possible (to capture a major)".

Kim began the day two shots off the lead shared by Americans JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley - but birdies on the first, seventh and ninth gave him a two-shot lead at the turn.

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Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in a tie for fourth. Despite winning golf's "fifth major", Kim still plans to sign up to the army.

Garcia, the 2008 Players champion, had two doubles and a triple and ballooned 11 shots higher than his third-round 67 with a 78 to finished tied for 30th.

He then returned to the Web.com Tour until he locked up his PGA Tour card for the 2015-16 season by finishing 23rd on the 2015 Web.com Tour priority list.

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.

"From being in a position a couple of weeks ago where I wasn't here to finish tied second, it's a good week", Poulter said after his best finish since November 2014. Along with title and money comes a five-year exemption on Tour and three-year exemption to play at the Masters.

A player of Korean descent has now won on Tour in every season since 2005, with Kim's victory this year joining K.J. Choi (8), Y.E. Yang (2), Sangmoon Bae (2), James Hahn (2), Kevin Na (1), Seung-Yul Noh (1), Danny Lee (1) and his own last year. He followed with a short birdie on the 17th and a long par from just off the 18th green.

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