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Si Woo Kim's win lands punter a fortune

20 Mai 2017

During the final round of the Players Championship at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Sunday, the 21-year-old carded three birdies while going bogey-free to wrap up the day at 3-under par.

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

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.

Poulter went 39 consecutive holes without a bogey and he was tied for the lead until Kim made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 7.

Kim uses a fairway wood to chip from short of the 18th green. Kim has had a rough 2016-2017, missing seven cuts and withdrawing four times (Kim said post-round that he's struggled with a wrist injury) in 19 PGA Tour events this season.

Si Woo Kim's second PGA Tour win at the Players Championship landed one Irish punter an absolute fortune.

"I've enjoyed it and hopefully this is just a stepping stone to pressing on for the rest of this year". PHOTO: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images.

The 21-year-old held off challenges from some of golf's biggest names to win golf's "fifth major" and the £1.46m ($1.89m) that goes with it.

"The moment I was leading, I was very confident", he said. Along with title and money comes a five-year exemption on Tour and three-year exemption to play at the Masters.

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"I feel like I'm still dreaming", Kim said, through an interpreter, about becoming the youngest Players champion and the first player from Asia to win twice on the PGA Tour before age 22.

The only drama at the end came from Ian Poulter, who was happy just to be here.

Only last month, he thought he has lost his PGA Tour card only for a miscalculation in his earnings due to a medical dispensation. Now, he's nearly assured of being in the season-ending FedEx Cup play-offs.

Kim's first PGA Tour victory came at last season's Wyndham Championship in his 38th PGA Tour start.

"I'm disappointed not to play this week, as the AT&T Byron Nelson is in my adopted hometown, but look forward to playing the event in the future".

"But I think I've still got some work to do". I could just really be myself.

Adam Scott secured his fourth top-10 finish at TPC Sawgrass.

Third-round co-leader J.B. Holmes derailed his chances with bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes. "From the beginning of this year, I really wished I could be in the top 10 so I could get the ticket to get in, and I'm very proud that I could join this tournament as a representative of Korea and Asia". "You up-and-down when you're in trouble, you just don't give shots away".