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Si Woo Kim of South Korea chips onto the third green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday

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). He is the second Korean, after Choi Kyoung-ju in 2011, to win what's widely regarded as the "fifth major".

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

"My form is good - I don't feel like I've got a lot out of my game over the last few weeks - but I've been working hard and hopefully the results will follow". "That's why I could do well".

Kim claimed his second win on the PGA Tour in just his second appearance in the tournament after finishing tied for 23rd a year ago in his debut at The Players. Kim has one of the best young swings in the game, and he paired that with a tremendous short game on the weekend (he was No. 1 in strokes gained putting on Sunday).

"I think it's time to start looking, start filling the positive thoughts back in my head and start enjoying golf again".

Kim smashed Scott's record as youngest Players Championship victor, which the Queenslander set in 2004 aged 23 years, 8 months and 12 days. That card effectively went to waste, and Kim spent the next two years on the developmental tour until earning his card back to the big leagues.

Kim's victory earned him a five-year PGA Tour exemption, which will be interrupted at some stage when he heads home to South Korea to complete mandatory national military service.

Two weeks ago, Poulter was told he wasn't qualified for more exemptions into PGA Tour events, much less a spot in the Players field.

While it's very impressive that Kim won his first PGA event at TPC Sawgrass, what's more mind-boggling is that he finished the Tour's Q School by age 17.

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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. 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 penalty drop, and then hit wedge over the trees and almost holed it, tapping in for bogey.

The bogey was only his second over the final 46 holes of the tournament.

"It was a big shock to the system to hit one of those nasty shanks when I've hit it as good as I have all week", Poulter said of his approach at the final hole.

"I know he hit a couple of incredible shots yesterday to get himself out of trouble, driver off the deck on 14 was a pretty impressive shot". (AP) - Si Woo Kim made Sunday at The Players Championship look like child's play.

Despite starting the day tied for the lead at nine under, Kyle Stanley struggled to get anything going, ultimately finishing alongside Cabrera Bello.

World No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson matched his best Players score with a 68 and posted his best 72-hole position with a tie for 12th at 2-under.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in a tie for fourth.

Information from the Golf Channel was used in this report.

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