Si Woo Kim becomes youngest victor of Players Championship

Ahead of the tournament, Kim was 500/1 as he saw off the star-studded field at Ponte Vedra Beach to become the youngest Asian two-time PGA Tour victor, with the person - who wishes to remain anonymous - sticking on €100 each way. "But the fourth shot was pretty special - from one of the worst shots I've ever hit to one of the very best".

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. Kim clinched the second PGA title of his career by concluding the Players 10-under 278, outpacing runners-up Ian Poulter of England and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa by three strokes.

"Korean female golfers are doing so well in the LPGA and I wanted to show that male golfers also have what it takes to play competitively in the US tour", said Kim, who has moved up to 28th in the ranking from 75th as of Sunday. "They say you need experience to do well at the majors, but if I can study the course beforehand and prepare accordingly, I think it's possible (to capture a major)".

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Kim's compatriot Bae Sang-moon, another two-time victor on the PGA Tour, lost a legal battle to defer his military service in 2015. At 21 years, 10 months and 16 days, Kim is the youngest victor of the tournament considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour.

Oosthuizen, who fell out of the lead for good with a fairway bunker shot into the water for double bogey on No. 4, watched it all day playing alongside Kim.

Stanley, the second- and third-round co-leader, birdied the 17th in the final round and became the first player in tournament history to make a 2 on the par-3 all four days. The golfer netted nearly $2 million in prize money, a five-year tour exemption and his very own locker at TPC Sawgrass. He gets a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, and a three-year exemption to the Masters.

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Yet, we might not get to see him for another two years.

"For me, to have played well last week and locked up everything in America has now freed my summer up and meant I can come back and play in some of the big events in Europe, which I'm really looking forward to", said Poulter. He followed with a short birdie on the 17th and a long par from just off the 18th green.

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