Si Woo Kim youngest Players Championship winner, Ian Poulter second at Sawgrass

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"I've been striking the ball really well for about two or three weeks", Kim said.

"He taught me about the course and so when I was in position the last round, his experience of being in the leading position, that kind of advice actually helped me a lot", Kim said. "That's why I could do well".

And that's exactly what transpired Sunday with the out-of-nowhere triumph by 21-year-old Si Woo Kim at The Players Championship. But Kim opened his final round with a birdie and then added two more at the seventh and the ninth to get to 10-under. Kim hit the 17th green and two-putted from 45 feet, and he smashed another drive right down the middle.

Ahead of the tournament, Kim was 500/1 as he saw off the star-studded field at Ponte Vedra Beach to become the youngest Asian two-time PGA Tour victor, with the person - who wishes to remain anonymous - sticking on €100 each way.

"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".

Australian Adam Scott, who was 23 when he won in 2004, holds the record for fewest starts (41) on the PGA Tour by an eventual victor of this tournament.

Kim, almost two years younger than Adam Scott when the Australian won in 2004, is also the first player from Asia to win twice on the PGA Tour before the age of 22.

"I haven't decided yet (when he will go), but I have five years of exemption, so we will see".

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.

European PGA: Matt Wallace completed an unlikely wire-to-wire victory in the Open de Portugal to earn a European Tour card.

While exemptions are offered to athletes who medal at the Olympic Games or win gold at the Asian Games, significant achievements on the PGA Tour do not yet warrant an exception.

A month ago he appeared to have lost his PGA Tour after not making enough prizemoney from his limited starts coming back onto the Tour with a medical exemption. He was the only player to seriously challenge Kim until he ran out of holes, and then it was a matter of finishing second.

"As good as he played yesterday, he's obviously gone out there today and played even better", Poulter said. "But the fourth shot was pretty special - from one of the worst shots I've ever hit to one of the very best". His 73 left him tied for second with Ian Poulter. It took him eight shots in four rounds, or the same number of shots J.B. Holmes had on Sunday when he made his quintuple bogey. The Queenslander started the final round poorly with two bogies in his first nine holes, but he bounced back with four back nine birdies to card a two under 70.

Information from the Golf Channel was used in this report.