Kim smashes Scott record with Players win

His bogey-free 69 at Sawgrass saw him finish at 10-under - three shots clear of Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen.

Kim became just the second Asian victor of the Players after his idol South Korean K.J. Choi triumphed in 2011. "Choi became a good role model because he won it before I had confidence that a Korean could".

"So that kind of advice actually helped me a lot". "That's why I could do well".

He also managed to take all the suspense from the TPC Sawgrass.

Stanley made his fourth birdie of the week at the par-3 17th island green, matching American Paul Azinger from 1987 as the only players to birdie the hole four times in one week.

"I feel like I'm still dreaming that I won this championship", Kim said after claiming the victory.

"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. 2017 The Players Champion.

PRESIDENTS CUP: Along with all the perks for winning - starting with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour - Si Woo Kim thought about becoming the next South Korean player in the Presidents Cup later this summer.

Most tour wins only carry a two-year exemption but victory in the Players comes with an extra three years.

Just over four years ago, Kim came to the United States to play the final version of the tour's qualifying school. His rookie season on Tour was in 2013, but he made only eight starts because he did not turn 18 until June 28. In addition to playing a numbers game with the Tour for more than a year, he hadn't posted a top-10 finish anywhere in the world in more than a year.

Finishing second rarely sits well with Ian Poulter but on Sunday the Englishman was in good spirits after his joint runner-up performance at The Players Championship.

The shot of the day for Kim might have come at the par-4 14th when he pumped a 360-yard drive and then blew his second shot over the green. From the right hand rough on the 18th, he shanked his second shot, bouncing it off hospitality tents and the cart path into a bush. He took a drop, hit a full wedge through a narrow opening in the trees, listened as fans cheered as it rolled a foot from the cup.

Just a month prior, he almost won his first PGA tournament at the Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Alabama, but lost to Aaron Baddeley in a playoff.

"It was one of the worst shots you will ever see to a pretty good one", Poulter said. The big hitter from Kentucky finished in a tie for 41st. He followed with a short birdie on the 17th and a long par from just off the 18th green. That gave the Spaniard 70 and a tie for fourth with Kyle Stanley, a co-leader after 54 holes who shot 75.

Third-round co-leader J.B. Holmes ballooned to an 84 on Sunday and plummeted into a tie for 41st at 291.

Elsewhere at Sawgrass on Sunday there was drama as Rafa Cabrera Bello scored a rare albatross.

Information from the Golf Channel was used in this report.

  • Julie Sanders