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20 May 2017

PRESIDENTS CUP: Along with all the perks for winning - starting with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour - Si Woo Kim thought about becoming the next South Korean player in the Presidents Cup later this summer.

Kim was almost flawless Sunday on the TPC Sawgrass, closing with a 3-under 69 with no bogeys on his card for a three-shot victory in golf's biggest tournament this side of the major championships.

But Si Woo Kim's golf game in the final round of The Players Championship on Sunday was a performance beyond his years and one for the ages.

Ian Poulter of England (71) and second-round co-leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa (73) tied for second at 281 with third-round co-leader Kyle Stanley (75).

1 - It was a second PGA Tour title for Kim - he won the Wyndham Championship a year ago. "I'm looking forward to working hard from now on".

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Kim followed in the footsteps of South Korean K.J. Choi, who won the 2011 Players Championship and was all too happy to provide his countryman some tips about his experience.

"I never expected to win and I wasn't playing that well at the beginning of the year".

Si Woo Kim may have just announced his name on the world stage by winning the Players Championship, but that could be the last we'll hear from him in a while.

"I guess it's been a roller coaster ride", he said.

Holmes shot 44 on the back nine and his 84 was the highest score in Players history for a player who led or shared the lead entering a Sunday.

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"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. He only got into the tournament a few weeks ago when the PGA Tour realized a clerical oversight regarding his return from a foot injury previous year.

Elsewhere at Sawgrass on Sunday there was drama as Rafa Cabrera Bello scored a rare albatross. J.B. Holmes had an absolute shocker.

Poulter reduced the deficit to one to get back in to contention, but as Kim scrambled for par on the first two holes of the back nine, the 41-year-old gave away his chance at glory with a dropped shot on the 12th and several missed opportunitiies.

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell both had disappointing final rounds. Not Kim. Once he gained an upper hand on the field, the seventh worldwide Players champion in the last 10 years shut the door for good.

Defending champion Jason Day had a quadruple-bogey nine at the par-five 16th and a double-bogey at the par three 17th to shoot 80 and plunge to equal 60th.

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Most tour wins only carry a two-year exemption but victory in the Players comes with an extra three years.