Gene Frenette: In winning The Players, Kim takes page from Tiger's book

Gene Frenette: In winning The Players, Kim takes page from Tiger's book

Gene Frenette: In winning The Players, Kim takes page from Tiger's book

Si Woo Kim carded a fine final round of 69 at TPC Sawgrass to become the youngest ever champion in The Players Championship.

Si Woo Kim may have won one of golf's most prestigious tournaments on Sunday but he might be taken away from us just as he announced himself to the world.

Ian Poulter made a remarkable bogey from the bushes and trees on the 18th for a 71 and tied for second with Louis Oosthuizen, who fell back with two bogeys on the back nine.

He earned $1.89 million, along with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a three-year exemption to the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open, and most likely a spot on the Presidents Cup team later this summer.

The 41-year-old enjoyed his best finish of the year at TPC Sawgrass just three weeks after he thought he had lost his PGA Tour card, and his share of second propelled him to 58th in the FedExCup standings after starting the week ranked 136th.

"I still can't believe that I'm the champion and I'm the youngest champion for this championship and I'm very honored to be the champion for this awesome fifth Major event and I'm looking forward to working hard from now on", he told the media following the victory.

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

"I really wish ( I could avoid it) but I have to go to the military service and I've already decided I'm going to go, too, so I'm ready".

Si Woo Kim may have just announced his name on the world stage by winning the Players Championship, but that could be the last we'll hear from him in a while. Kim's 3-under 69 wasn't the best score of the day, but his composure at such a young age garnered praise from his peers. "However, I really could feel that my shot was feeling good".

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 only got into the tournament a few weeks ago when the PGA Tour realized a clerical oversight regarding his return from a foot injury previous year.

Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain (70) tied for fourth at 282, four strokes behind Kim.

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

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. This win is actually his first top 10 since a T-10 at his season-opening CIMB Classic.

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