At just 21 years of age, Si Woo Kim kept a clean scorecard in the final round at the Players Championship on his way to becoming the youngest ever winner of the event. To illustrate how good he really was in windy conditions on Sunday, Kim was the only player to go bogey-free.
“I feel like I’m still dreaming that I won this championship,” Kim said after clinching his first PGA Tour title.
A career win for Si Woo Kim!
The 21-year-old has claimed @THEPLAYERSChamp! 🏆
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 14, 2017
Even when he hit a few bumps by landing in the pine straw or a bunker, Kim’s poise was unflappable. He managed to save par or grab a birdie each time while his competitors struggled. Kim’s 3-under 69 wasn’t the best score of the day, but his composure at such a young age garnered praise from his peers.
Ian Poulter, who finished second, had some very nice things to say about the 2017 champion.
“As good as he [Kim] played yesterday, he’s obviously gone out there today and played even better,” Poulter said. “He’s gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure. … You have to respect some good golf, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”
Louis Oosthuizen had a front-row seat to Kim’s final round playing in the same group.
“If you’re on your game and playing well, that the things you do,” Oosthuizen said. “You just don’t give shots away. If you can do that around this golf course, you can outscore everyone. And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years, like it was just another round of golf. It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is. Never once did he look flustered at all.”
While it’s very impressive that Kim won his first PGA event at TPC Sawgrass, what’s more mind-boggling is that he finished the Tour’s Q School by age 17. He wasn’t able to join the PGA Tour at that time since he wasn’t 18 years old, and had to spend two years on the developmental tour before becoming a member.
With the victory, Kim earned $1.89 million in prize money, a two-year PGA Tour exemption, and three-year Masters exemption. He definitely seems like one of the young talents on the Tour to keep an eye on.
h/t: espn.com, pgatour.com