From Players Championship winner to cattle class

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16 May, 2017

At 21, Kim is the youngest player to win The Players Championship in its 44-year history.

"I wasn't nervous at all because I was leading", Kim said.

"I never expected that I would win this tournament and I wasn't doing that well at the beginning of this year, but I'm just so excited that I could be the champion of this tournament". "He's lining up in the middle of the green". "Because I was very pressured, I think I didn't do well for two years". South Korea requires military service for all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 35, lasting 21 months and Kim has yet to fulfil the obligation.

The latest win is such a huge confidence booster that Kim said he's now looking forward to major championships. His best showing prior to this week was a tenth in his season-starter at the CIMB Classic.

One reason was certainly the course set-up, with the driver that is their weapon of choice virtually taken out of their hands on so many holes.

Liam Glynn, BoyleSports spokesperson, said: "Hats off to the Dublin savvy punter who picked Si Woo Kim to win the Players Championship at the massive odds of 500/1".

That left Poulter and Kim atop the leaderboard at eight-under, Poulter after a tap-in birdie at the second and five-foot birdie putt at the sixth and Kim after a 17-foot birdie on the opening hole. "I think I'll be playing a lot in the United Kingdom this summer".

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He played brilliantly, nearly threw it all away with a shanked second shot at the 18th, but then pulled off a miraculous iron out of the trees to within six inches of the hole to salvage a share of second place at the biggest event outside of the Majors.

"Sorry to disappoint, I can only dream of being as good as Brandel", he wrote.

"It was one of the worst shots you will ever see to a pretty good one", Poulter said. It's nice to close out - it's nice obviously not to compound an error with another one. He was the only player to seriously challenge Kim until he ran out of holes, and then it was a matter of finishing second. If I do go back and play Wentworth, there are huge world ranking points available.

"Oh, it was a full one. Make no mistake - it was a shank".

He went into last week with little form but won by three shots, while he carded a 60 on his way to winning the Wyndham Championship a year ago. Cabrera Bello made the first albatross 2 on the par-5 16th with an 8-iron that caromed off the side of a bunker, bounced toward the hole and struck the pin before it disappeared.

For now, that place in the winners-only locker room at the TPC Sawgrass is a good place to be. He was the only player who didn't commit a bogey in the final round. In his only other start, he missed the cut in 2016. But Kim opened his final round with a birdie and then added two more at the seventh and the ninth to get to 10-under. His win was marked by steady play and fueled by three birdies on the front nine and finished his round with nine straight pars. He went below 70 three times on the course at TPC Sawgrass. Defending champion Jason Day shot an 80 and plunged to joint-60th.

J.B. Holmes' survived wayward ball striking for three days with a brilliant short game to grab a share of lead after 54 holes. Playing in the penultimate group, he had the second-best score in the final round (69), and he was the only player in the field to not make bogey. Two players hit the green on Sunday, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton.


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