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WATCH: How Si Woo Kim Won The Players Championship

Si Woo Kim went bogey-free over his last 20 holes to become the youngest Players Champion in history. (Photo Credit: Peter Casey, USA Today Sports)

They were two of the most boring and yet most thrilling pars you’ll ever see.

Si Woo Kim had put himself in the place that has spawned a thousand clichés, having “hung in there to have a chance on Sunday;” having “put myself in a position to win;” having “Given myself a shot at the end.” Kim, a Seoul native who now lives in Dallas and is the youngest member of the PGA Tour at 21 years, 11 months, didn’t grow up hearing those bromides and, given the subtleties of the Korean language, certainly never used them. But he was right there and then some.

Through 70 holes at the TPC Sawgrass, Kim had made only five bogeys for the week, with no double bogeys or “others,” an extraordinary feat on a difficult Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. On the final day alone Rickie Fowler had four bogeys and three double bogeys. Third-round leader J.B. Holmes made three bogeys and a quintuple bogey on Sunday, and Jason Day shot 80, playing the last three holes in 6 over … with a par on 18.

Kim walked off the 16th green at 3 under for the day, 10 under for the week and holding a two-shot lead with two to play. They just happened to be the two toughest finishing holes in professional golf. But just as he had all week, Kim played the island par-3 and the closing dogleg par-4 (which David Feherty calls “the devil’s banana”) like Cool Hand Luke. Middle of the green and a routine two-putt on 17, followed by a 3-wood and 9-iron just short of 18 and an easy up-and-down.

Two pars most people couldn’t make on a Thursday with the lead, or on a Friday to make the cut, or on a Saturday to get into the final group: Kim made it look easy. He played the last 20 holes without a bogey and got up and down from seemingly impossible spots like it was routine. His 23 putts on Sunday isn’t a record, but it could be the most impressive final round display since Davis Love’s 64 in 2003.

He is in the history books, however. Kim is now the youngest winner of the Players Championship. And a name you will likely be hearing for many years to come.


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