Players Championship: Ian Poulter seizes second chance as Kim joins exclusive club

Players Championship: Ian Poulter seizes second chance as Kim joins exclusive club

'Woo' for him and for Kim.

. (AP) - Si Woo Kim made Sunday at The Players Championship look like child's play.

Si Woo Kim's victory at The Players Championship on Sunday burnished the South Korean's reputation as one of the best young talents on the PGA Tour but the 21-year-old knows his career will soon have to take a back seat to defending his country.

He became just the fourth player to win two PGA tournaments before the age of 22, a list that also contains names such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia.

But the real star of the weekend was TaylorMade player Kim who managed to hold his nerve among 48 of the world's top-50 golfers to finish The Players with an incredible 10-under 278.

The 32-year-old has missed just one cut in nine tournaments this season, although he was forced to withdraw from the Masters minutes before his opening round due to a back injury suffered in a fall at his rented house in Augusta.

As well as the huge prize money from the win, he secured his place on the PGA Tour for the next five years.

But he will soon be set for time out of the game with South Korea requiring all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 35 to complete at least 21 months in the military as a deterrent to North Korean aggression. A month ago he appeared to have lost his PGA Tour after not making enough prizemoney from his limited starts coming back onto the Tour with a medical exemption.

Ian Poulter salutes the crowd after nearly pitching his fourth shot into the hole on the 18th green.

Ian Poulter is looking forward to getting back to the revamped Wentworth when he tees it up in next week's BMW PGA Championship.

"It was a big shock to the system to hit one of those nasty shanks when I've hit it as good as I have all week", Poulter said.

"Everyone on the European Tour has been incredibly supportive and that has helped me be free and clear on what I needed to do in my own mind". I've played good golf. "From the beginning of this year, I really wished I could be in the top 10 so I could get the ticket to get in, and I'm very proud that I could join this tournament as a representative of Korea and Asia".

"Overall, I'm fairly pleased, but for me I just am going to go away and work on how to solidify my long game".

He played last four holes in just eight shots, starting with the first albatross in TPC Sawgrass history when his 8-iron on the par-5 16th hole caromed off the bank of a bunker and ran into the pin before dropping for a 2.

Third-round co-leader J.B. Holmes derailed his chances with bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes.

"It's still unbelievable that I won this championship and I am very excited I'm the youngest champion for this tournament and I'm very honored to be that", Kim said.



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