SAWGRASS - In a turnabout of luck and precision, South Korean golfer Si Woo Kim, just 21 years old, dominated the final round of the Players Championships amidst hot, humid weather with wild winds to …
SAWGRASS - In a turnabout of luck and precision, South Korean golfer Si Woo Kim, just 21 years old, dominated the final round of the Players Championships amidst hot, humid weather with wild winds to become the youngest champion of the prestigioius tournament.
Kim, with a three-under par 69 in the final 18 holes, held off by three strokes late pushes from Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen to cash in on the $1.89 million first place prize. American Adam Scott was the previous youngest winner at 23 years old in 2004.
Kim finished at 10-under par for the four rounds with Poulter and Oosthuizen both finishing at seven under.
Kim’s win was his first major tournament victory with two cuts in his previous two major tournaments.
In 2017, Kim had seven missed cuts, four withdrawals, four rounds over 80 and just two top 25 finishes.
Highlights for the tournament included a hole-in-one on the infamous 17th hole for former Players champion Sergio Garcia, who came in as the 2017 Augusta Master’s champion, but fell drastically 23 places to 30th at one over par with a three over par final round.
Last year’s champion, Jason Day dropped 40 spots on day four with a horrific eight over par fourth round to finish seven over par in 60th place.