Si Woo Kim shatters Adam Scott's record with Players Championship win

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

Kim, at 21-years-old, becomes the youngest victor here in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

"I haven't decided when, but I have five years of exemption, so we will see".

His ball ricocheted through the spectator area wide right of the 18 green, eventually landing in the middle of a palmetto bush.

The previous youngest champion of The Players was Adam Scott, who was 23 when he won in 2005.

And it wasn't just that hole.

Kim, 21, who clinched his maiden PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship last season, carded a flawless final-round 69 to finish on 10-under par.

In his homeland of South Korea, males are required to serve 21 months of military service between the ages of 20 and 30, but golfers can avoid it by winning one of golf's four major championships - the dispensation for such duty.

"It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is", Oosthuizen said. "Never once did he look flustered at all".

Kim saved that for the trophy presentation, when he realized he had beaten the deepest and strongest field in golf, and all the rewards that come with it.

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He not only earned $US1.89 million ($A2.56 million) in prize money but also a five-year exemption on the US PGA Tour and an exemption to the next three Masters, US Opens and British Opens plus the 2017 US PGA Championship.

"I still can't believe I'm the champion, and I'm the youngest champion", Kim said. Playing with Si Woo Kim, he fell out of the lead for good with a fairway bunker shot into the water for double bogey on No. 4.

McIlroy is set to undergo an MRI scan today to determine the extent of an injury which hampered his efforts at Sawgrass.

The excitement, good and bad, came from everyone else.

Even so, Poulter's outlook sure is different. He earned a card at age 17, but he could not become a tour member until he turned 18 the following June.

That left Poulter and Kim atop the leaderboard at eight-under, Poulter after a tap-in birdie at the second and five-foot birdie putt at the sixth and Kim after a 17-foot birdie on the opening hole. Seemingly adrift only a month ago, the 41-year-old Englishman is now in fine position to make the FedExCup playoffs and lock up his PGA TOUR card for next season. Officially, he had only one putt over the last three holes.

That wasn't the case in Rafeal Cabrera Bello's round, however, as he holed out from 181 yards for the first albatross in tournament history on the 16th, then followed that with another two on the 17th, before holing from 35 feet for par on the last after hooking his tee shot into the water. He started Sunday in a tie for first. Aside from being cut at January's Farmers Insurance Open, this is the first time Johnson has finished outside the top 10 in the 2017 calendar year. "They say you need experience to do well at the majors, but if I can study the course beforehand and prepare accordingly, I think it's possible (to capture a major)". "And that's exactly what he's done".

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.

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

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