South Korea's Si Woo Kim produced a nerveless display to become the youngest ever victor of the Players Championship but will soon be set to put his burgeoning career on hold for 21 months for national service. Carding a bogey-free 69 on Sunday, the 21-year-old claimed a three-stroke victory over Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter. He is the second Korean, after Choi Kyoung-ju in 2011, to win what's widely regarded as the "fifth major".
Kim began the day two shots off the lead shared by Americans JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley - but birdies on the first, seventh and ninth gave him a two-shot lead at the turn. But he had a stretch of six consecutive holes on the back nine without facing a par putt over two feet as he scrambled his way to the top.
But Si Woo Kim's golf game in the final round of The Players Championship on Sunday was a performance beyond his years and one for the ages.
"I still can't believe I'm the champion, and I'm the youngest champion", said Kim.
Compatriot Sang Moon Bae - also a two-time victor on the PGA Tour - is now serving two years of mandatory military service. The Korean Government have made numerous exceptions to the rule, with major-winning golfers among those who do not need to serve.
He became the third worldwide Players champion in four years and led seven global players among the top-10.
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The 41-year-old enjoyed his best finish of the year at TPC Sawgrass just three weeks after he thought he had lost his PGA Tour card, and his share of second propelled him to 58th in the FedExCup standings after starting the week ranked 136th.
He then returned to the Web.com Tour until he locked up his PGA Tour card for the 2015-16 season by finishing 23rd on the 2015 Web.com Tour priority list.
Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain was never going to win, but it will be hard to forget how he finished.
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell both had disappointing final rounds.
Further down the leaderboard, world number one Dustin Johnson finished outside the top three for just the third time this season in a tie for 12th.
Kim also drilled his tee shot down the middle of the 18th fairway, setting up one final par - from off the green, of course - to cap a final round that was flawless, at least on his scorecard.