Final analysis of THE PLAYERS Championship

Alain Brian
Mai 17, 2017

According to GolfWorld, the Players Championship 2017 victor has made a decision to undergo his country's mandatory military service. He spent a full year on the Tour in 2014 and had only one top 10, and the following year he won the Stonebrae Classic and earned his way back to the big leagues.

Kim Si Woo took the title but Poulter could barely hide his delight at finishing as runner-up.

He also smashed Australian Adam Scott's record as youngest victor, which the Queenslander set in 2004 aged 23 years, 8 months and 12 days.

The Spaniard's second shot on the par-five 16th took a kick off the front of the green before heading straight for the cup marking the first time a double eagle has been recorded at the 525-yard hole in tournament history. Kim, who has been dealing with a nagging wrist injury, also withdrew from three tournaments this year after opening rounds of 83, 81 and 76.

The bogey was only his second over the final 46 holes of the tournament.

"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.

"I was trying to get my irons in closely, but just couldn't get close enough", Oosthuizen said.

Ian Poulter has said his past year and a half has been the most miserable of his career but is delighted at his joint second-place finish at the Players Championship, which he believes will simplify his summer.

The 41-year-old finished alongside Louis Oosthuizen in a share of the runners-up spot as 21-year-old Kim Si-woo held his nerve during the final 18 holes to win by three shots.

"I feel like I'm still dreaming that I won this championship", Kim said. "But the fourth shot was pretty special - from one of the worst shots I've ever hit to one of the very best". He was the only player Sunday who didn't make bogey in his round of 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory.

However, Kim would eventually have to set aside his pro-golfer aspirations in order for him to fulfill his national duties. "And never once did he look flustered at all". I mean, seriously, there were more nines, eight and sevens on scorecards than what you see at the Miss America pageant. He stuffed his tee shot to 5 feet on the par-3 17th for birdie, and after hooking his tee shot into the water on the 18th, he rolled in a long putt from off the 18th green for par. Another major championship victor, former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, made two of his own and then there was 54-hole co-leader J.B. Holmes, who made two sixes, an eight on the par-3 17th and went from tied for the lead to start the day to a T-41 finish with his final-round 84.

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.

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