Ian Poulter to play PGA Championship after European Tour invitation
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 11:38
Si Woo Kim of South Korea, celebrates winning The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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.
Kim also managed to take all the suspense from TPC Sawgrass.
"From being in a position a couple of weeks ago where I wasn't here to finish tied second, it's a good week", Poulter said. after finishing three shots behind South Korea's Si Woo Kim - his best finish since November 2014.
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.
Only last month, he thought he has lost his PGA Tour card only for a miscalculation in his earnings due to a medical dispensation.
"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 incredible fifth Major event and I'm looking forward to working hard from now on", he told the media following the victory.
A player of Korean descent has now won on Tour in every season since 2005, with Kim's victory this year joining K.J. Choi (8), Y.E. Yang (2), Sangmoon Bae (2), James Hahn (2), Kevin Na (1), Seung-Yul Noh (1), Danny Lee (1) and his own last year.
Kim is the youngest ever to win the tournament, surpassing Adam Scott who won the tournament at the youthful age of 23 when he finished ahead of Padraig Harrington in 2004. "I just focused on myself and I didn't try to think about others' scores". It was only the third albatross in the history of the tournament and the first on that hole. That gave the Spaniard 70 and a tie for fourth with Kyle Stanley, a co-leader after 54 holes who shot 75. 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.
As well as the huge prize money from the win, he secured his place on the PGA Tour for the next five years.
BELLO'S FINISH: Rafa Cabrera Bello couldn't get anything to go in the hole in the final round of The Players Championship.
World number two Rory McIlroy will decide early next week whether he will play at Wentworth.
The latest win is such a huge confidence booster that Kim said he's now looking forward to major championships.
Oosthuizen held the outright lead after he birdied the second and Stanley and Holmes - who slumped to a closing 84 which included an eight on the 17th - both bogeyed the first.