Kim Si-woo makes history at The Players Championship

During the final round of the Players Championship at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Sunday, the 21-year-old carded three birdies while going bogey-free to wrap up the day at 3-under par.

"Because of that experience", Kim said through his interpreter, "I could be relieved and I could be very stable". After a 72 in the second round, Kim had one of the better showings on a wind-blown Saturday afternoon with a 68, putting him two shots behind Holmes and Stanley.

Choi even gave the youngster some advice before the round. "That's why I could do well".

Kim also becomes the second Korean golfer to win here at The Players Championship.

His last hurdle was getting by the final two holes where not even his two-shot lead was safe - the island green at the par-3 17th and a closing hole with water all the way down the left side.

Kim hit the 17th green and two-putted from 45 feet, and he smashed another drive right down the middle.

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.

"I didn't expect that I could be the champion of this tournament at this young age", he said through an interpreter. Adding, "I'm looking forward to working hard from now on".

After breaking Adam Scott's record by becoming the youngest victor of the Players Championship, Si Woo Kim isn't worrying just yet about interrupting his career for compulsory military service in his homeland.

"I feel like I'm still dreaming", Kim said, through an interpreter, about becoming the youngest Players champion and the first player from Asia to win twice on the PGA Tour before age 22.

Kim's countryman, 30-year-old San Moon Bae, a three-time USA tour victor, is now completing his military service after losing a court case to defer it. Rickie Fowler (2015), Tiger Woods (2013) and Matt Kuchar (2012) are the only Americans to win The Players Championship in the last 10 years.

As well as the huge prize money from the win, he secured his place on the PGA Tour for the next five years. He is expected to return for the 2018 season though it is unclear how much time it will take to regain top form after two years away from competitive action. He was the only player to seriously challenge Kim until he ran out of holes, and then it was a matter of finishing second.

Poulter hit what he described as a shank - "You'd like me to spell it for you?" he jokingly asked after his round of 71 - on the 18th hole, took a penalty drop from a palmetto bush, saw a gap in the trees, and hit wedge through it and onto the green, and he came within inches of making it.

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.

"I got close there on 11 once I made birdie, and obviously I wanted to try and put a little bit more pressure on, but it was tough to get it close [to the hole]", Poulter said.

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