Kim sets mark at Players

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Victory at TPC Sawgrass - regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major - won't exempt Kim but it does guarantee him five years on the US PGA Tour, as well as starts at the next three Masters, US Open and British Open.

The Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic Monday, citing a back injury.

"I feel like I'm still dreaming". As tough as the Players Stadium Course played, his best chance was waiting for Kim to make a mistake, just like so many other players. "While I was practicing with him, he taught me about the course at the Stadium, and so when I was in position the last round, before he actually explained about his experience of being in the leading position, so that kind of advice actually helped me a lot". "That's why I could do well".

Ian Poulter salutes the crowd after nearly pitching his fourth shot into the hole on the 18th green.

Kim hit the 17th green and two-putted from 45 feet, and he smashed another drive right down the middle.

"I guess it's been a roller coaster ride", he said. Adding, "I'm looking forward to working hard from now on".

By winning The Players Championship, Kim became only the fourth player over the last 25 years with multiple victories before turning 22.

Kim claimed his second win on the PGA Tour in just his second appearance in the tournament after finishing tied for 23rd previous year in his debut at The Players. The Players Championship boasts the largest purse in the PGA Tour, followed by major championships such as the U.S Open. Kim wound up playing eight PGA Tour events and didn't make a cut.

2 - It was a great week for Ian Poulter who had thought he'd lost his PGA Tour card just a couple of weeks ago. 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.

Ian Poulter, who finished second, had some very nice things to say about the 2017 champion.

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Carens and Kim first met a few years ago, connected by Russ Holden, CEO of "Caddy For A Cure".

He was forced to take a penalty stroke but then nearly holed out with a wedge from 115 yards to leave himself with a tap-in bogey.

"I got close there on 11 once I made birdie, and obviously I wanted to try and put a little bit more pressure on, but it was tough to get it close [to the hole]", Poulter said.

"I know he hit a couple of awesome shots yesterday to get himself out of trouble, driver off the deck on 14 was a pretty impressive shot".

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. Poulter and Oosthuizen tied for second at 7-under but neither really threatened.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello made Players history, producing an astonishing final three holes to finish in a tie for fourth with Kyle Stanley.

Third-round co-leader J.B. Holmes ballooned to an 84 on Sunday and plummeted into a tie for 41st. Holmes, the worst in the final round score by anyone at TPC Sawgrass since 2009.

"I saw it kick off the bank of the bunker and I was a bit anxious at the beginning because I kind of felt that it shot a little too fast", Cabrera Bello said.

Information from the Golf Channel was used in this report.

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