Si Woo Kim becomes youngest winner of Players Championship


Si Woo Kim of South Korea, watches his shot from the 15th tee, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, chips onto the third green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Si Woo Kim of South Korea, reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 16th green, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest winner of The Players Championship with a game and nerves well beyond his 21 years.

Kim was nearly 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.

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

Ian Poulter made a remarkable bogey from the bushes and trees on the 18th for a 71 and tied for second with Louis Oosthuizen, who fell back with two bogeys on the back nine.

Kim gets $1.89 million for his second PGA Tour victory, and a three-year exemption to the Masters.

Si Woo Kim of South Korea, watches his shot from the 15th tee, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/05/web1_116572301-48d854d116de4bfcbd8d47076f01c34b.jpgSi Woo Kim of South Korea, watches his shot from the 15th tee, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, chips onto the third green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/05/web1_116572301-a7cfb6fcf8d0462e8fd49399e32d25d7.jpgSi Woo Kim, of South Korea, chips onto the third green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Si Woo Kim of South Korea, reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 16th green, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/05/web1_116572301-f244290a7a074a218ceec2a2917c4f56.jpgSi Woo Kim of South Korea, reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 16th green, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)