(PGA) Kim Si-woo wins The Players Championship
May 15, 2017
Kim Si-woo celebrates after winning The Players Championship at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on May 14, 2017. (Yonhap)

Kim Si-woo has rallied to capture The Players Championship, one of the biggest tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Kim fired a bogey-free final round of three-under 69 to snatch the title at 10-under 278 at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Sunday (local time).

At 21, Kim is the youngest player to win The Players Championship in its 44-year history. He was the only player who didn't commit a bogey in the final round. This was Kim's second career PGA Tour win after the Wyndham Championship last August. He is the second Korean, after Choi Kyoung-ju in 2011, to win what's widely regarded as the "fifth major."

"I still can't believe I'm the champion, and I'm the youngest champion," Kim said. "I'm looking forward to working hard from now on."

Kim started the day two strokes off two co-leaders: J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley. 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. Kim then parred the treacherous back nine -- including the famous par-three 17th hole featuring an island green -- to clinch a three-shot victory over Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen. Kim didn't make things easy for himself, hitting only eight greens in regulation. But he had a stretch of six consecutive holes on the back nine without facing a par putt over two feet as he scrambled his way to the top.

Kim Si-woo cashed in the US$1.89 million winner's check, one of the largest on the tour, behind only major championships such as the U.S. Open and the Masters. The victory catapulted Kim from 114th to 13th on the tour's money list with about $2.35 million.

Kim Si-woo celebrates after winning The Players Championship at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on May 14, 2017. (Yonhap)

On top of the financial windfall, Kim also received a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a three-year exemption to the Masters.

Kim said he drew inspiration from Choi, who still leads all South Korean players with eight career PGA Tour victories.

"From that moment (when Choi won the 2011 Players Championship), I was dreaming that I really want to be in this tournament," Kim said. "And I'm very glad I could practice with him. He gave me a lot of advice. That's why I could do well."

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