Players Championship: Ian Poulter seizes second chance as Kim joins exclusive club

Players Championship: Ian Poulter seizes second chance as Kim joins exclusive club

He also managed to take all the drama out of the final round, rare for this tournament and this golf course.

There was no indication coming into The Players that Kim would be a factor.

Having gained his PGA Tour card at just 17, Kim had failed to make the cut several times in recent outings.

With the victory, Kim emulates Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth in becoming only the fourth player to wih a PGA tour event twice before the age of 22.

Kim carded a flawless final round of 69 to finish 10 under par, three shots ahead of Poulter and former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Though keen to try and maintain momentum after his big win, Kim will take time out to heal.

The South Korean started the final round two strokes adrift of the lead held by American pair Kyle Stanley and J.B Holmes.

"When [Kim] gets in the hunt, he's just fearless", said Mark Carens, his caddie the past two years. He's endured more rough patches along the way. Along with title and money comes a five-year exemption on Tour and three-year exemption to play at the Masters.

Earlier Monday, Kim was photographed while flying coach to Atlanta.

"I really wish I could be a good example of the Korean men's player", Kim said.

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"I feel like I'm still dreaming". His wedge came up well short, and his long putt from just off the green ran 6 feet by the cup. "That's why I could do well".

Kim had a two-shot lead heading into the back nine Sunday and was never out of the solo lead the rest of the way.

His best hope was a mistake from Kim, who played bogey-free for a three-shot victory.

"If you're on your game and playing well, that the things you do", Oosthuizen said.

Kim was also the fourth different leader at the of each round, proving once again this course tested every golfer's abilities. While no male Korean golfers were able to crack their way into the top 30 in the world ranking previous year, there were five Koreans ranked in the top 10 of the Rolex Ranking, a ranking system for female golfers. "Never once did he look flustered at all".

Poulter will look to build on his superb performance at The Players Championship as he makes his first appearance at Wentworth since 2014, and he is looking forward to seeing the new-look West Course following its extensive renovation over the past year. "That's all they've got in that little box down there". I've played good golf.

"The moment I was leading, I was very confident", he said.

"While I was practicing with [Choi], he taught me about the course at the Stadium", said Kim. He gave me a lot of advice.

But Choi needed a David Toms three-putt on the first playoff hole to raise his Waterford crystal.

Capping off the week with the grand victory at The Players provides Kim with another privilege - the strong possibility of joining the worldwide team at this year's Presidents Cup in September.

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