Next challenge for golf prodigy is Kim Jong

Kim, a 21-year-old South Korean, captured his second PGA Tour victory Sunday, becoming the youngest victor in Players Championship history.

Ian Poulter has moved into 80th position in the World Golf Rankings after finishing in a share of second place at the Players Championship.

Kim caught the eye when he clinched his first PGA Tour victory in Greensboro, North Carolina last August but had endured a wretched 2017 campaign until this week, his cause not helped by back and wrist injuries. "I just focused on myself and I didn't try to think about others' scores".

J. B. Holmes, left, and his caddie Brandon Parsons, look at the fifth fairway during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Kim's second PGA Tour victory earned him US$1.89 million (US$1=W1,123).

"You have to respect some good golf and that's exactly what he's done", said the Englishman, who played his last seven holes at 2-over.

Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Pat Perez round out the top five in the FedExCup standings.

And the 21-year-old is also comfortably the youngest victor of the Players Championship, surpassing the record set by former world No 1 Adam Scott, who was 23 when he wonat Sawgrass in 2004. In only six starts on the season, McIlroy is now No. 48 in the FedExCup standings. This win is actually his first top 10 since a T-10 at his season-opening CIMB Classic.

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South Korea's Si Woo Kim completed an error-free closing round of 69 to win The Players Championship by three strokes from England's Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. In 12 tournaments before The Players, his best finish was a tie for 22nd at the Texas Open and he shot only three rounds in the 60s, which he matched in four days on the Stadium Course. That gave the Spaniard 70 and a tie for fourth with Kyle Stanley, a co-leader after 54 holes who shot 75. The golfer netted nearly $2 million in prize money, a five-year tour exemption and his very own locker at TPC Sawgrass. He wasn't able to join the PGA Tour at that time since he wasn't 18 years old, and had to spend two years on the developmental tour before becoming a member. He earned a card at age 17, but he could not become a PGA Tour member until he turned 18 the following June.

"I really wish I could have that benefit", Kim, who is only the second South Korean after K.J. Choi to reign supreme at Sawgrass, told reporters through a translator Sunday.

  • Zachary Reyes