Players history-maker Kim out of Byron Nelson

Solenn Plantier
Mai 20, 2017

Kim's triumph saw him replace Australia's Adam Scott as the youngest ever victor of the Players Championship, which is regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major. He has gone over $1.25 million for the year. His tour card is safe for another year.

Poulter never imagined all this two weeks ago.

That's when a clerical oversight - discovered by Brian Gay - saved him.

Competing against Team United States at the Cup will be the worldwide team, comprising the top 10 global players in the official world ranking.

A scan has revealed the back problem the 28-year-old Northern Irishman had at the Players Championship was a recurrence of a rib injury from earlier this year.

The Englishman took it from there.

"From being in a position a couple of weeks ago where I wasn't here to finish tied second, it's a good week", said Poulter after finishing three shots behind South Korea's Si Woo Kim - his best finish since November 2014.

"When I look back and I reflect on this week, it's been a big week".

"K.J. has become a really good model, so because he had won before I have I am kind of confident that a Korean can win one of these tournaments and that actually helps me when I'm playing", he added.

"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 want to walk through that door.

Boutier birdied the par-5 18th in the playoff, and Moreno made a bogey.

Once Kim dropped his three birdies putts, he was unrelenting, especially when he made par saves on six of the back-nine holes.

Day, who romped to a four-shot victory in 2016, finished at seven over for the tournament.

Even so, Poulter's outlook sure is different.

The likes of eight-time PGA tour victor KJ Choi and 2009 US PGA champion YE Yang completed their military stints before turning professional. "For that all to turn around the way and for me to be sitting here in a slightly different situation, it's pleasing".

A run of nine pars in succession on the back nine was enough for Kim to seal victory, while Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello produced a far more spectacular finish to claim a tie for fourth with Stanley.

And then the Spaniard couldn't miss.

Yet, we might not get to see him for another two years.

It was his first albatross, and he wasn't done.

He wound up with a 70 and tied for fourth.

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.

Kim also soared in the world rankings, jumping from 75th to 28th. And he earned every penny and point, grinding out pars after missing 10 greens, making birdies at Nos.

"I felt really good since last night, and when I started the final round, I was actually very aggressive in order to get more score and beat them". This year, they will be September 28 to October 1 at Liberty National in New Jersey.

Holmes wasn't alone. Defending champion Jason Day closed with an 80, keeping very much in tact the streak of no victor ever repeating in the Players.

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