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Kim Si-woo is youngest golfer to win '5th major'

Kim Si-woo is youngest golfer to win '5th major'

Korean golf prodigy Kim Si-woo, on Sunday, became the youngest player ever to win the Players Championships in Sawgrass, Florida.

The European Ryder Cup stalwart jumped at the opportunity to compete in golf's unofficial fifth major at TPC Sawgrass last week and wound up in a tie for second, three shots behind victor Kim Si-woo.

Kim, almost two years younger than Adam Scott when the Australian won in 2004, is also the first player from Asia to win twice on the PGA Tour before the age of 22.

After breaking Adam Scott's record by becoming the youngest victor of the Players Championship, Si Woo Kim isn't worrying just yet about interrupting his career for compulsory military service in his homeland. That gave the Spaniard 70 and a tie for fourth with Kyle Stanley, a co-leader after 54 holes who shot 75.

Ian Poulter's tie for second place with Oosthuizen caps a memorable comeback for the Ryder Cup star.

Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain was never going to win, but it will be hard to forget how he finished.

A month ago he appeared to have lost his PGA Tour after not making enough prizemoney from his limited starts coming back onto the Tour with a medical exemption.

He was playing on a major medical extension from a foot injury a year ago and had 10 tournaments to earn enough money or FedEx Cup points to keep full status. Kim also became the youngest player ever to win the title, breaking the record previously held by Australian Adam Scott, who won it when he was a 23-year-old in 2004.

Poulter said that even though Kim put together a solid round on Saturday at The Players Championship, to put himself in contention, he was even better on Sunday.

"It's been a tough 18 months".

But he's gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure.

"I've had the kids up here all weekend and had some fun on the beach and it's kind of taken my mind off things". It's just what I need - the chance to come back to Britain and play some golf and enjoy it. It took him eight shots in four rounds, or the same number of shots J.B. Holmes had on Sunday when he made his quintuple bogey. He needed a circus shot to manage a bogey.

Reigning Masters champion Garcia's ace could only help him finish tied for 13th on six-over-par. He followed that with a birdie on the 17th, and then holed a long par putt from just off the 18th green.

His last hurdle was getting by the final two holes where not even his two-shot lead was safe - the island green at the par-3 17th and a closing hole with water all the way down the left side.

McIlroy is set to undergo an MRI scan later on Monday to determine the extent of an injury which hampered his efforts at Sawgrass. It's a problem that has hampered him throughout his young career and caused four withdrawals so far this season.


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