Kim, 21, becomes youngest victor of Players

The South Korean, 21, claimed a three-shot victory on Sunday, finishing clear of Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen to become the youngest victor in the history of the "fifth major".

Kim carded a final round of 69 at Sawgrass to finish 10 under par, three shots ahead of Poulter and former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.

It also marked Kim's second win on the PGA Tour after he was victorious at the Wyndham Championship past year.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. "I'm looking forward to working hard from now on".

Kim also soared in the world rankings, jumping from 75th to 28th.

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.

A player of Korean descent has now won on Tour in every season since 2005, with Kim's victory this year joining K.J. Choi (8), Y.E. Yang (2), Sangmoon Bae (2), James Hahn (2), Kevin Na (1), Seung-Yul Noh (1), Danny Lee (1) and his own last year.

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"While I was practicing with him, he taught me about the course at the Stadium", Kim said. Last year, McIlroy was No. 38 in the standings when he arrived at TPC Boston, and moved all the way up to No. 4 with his second career win at the Dell Technologies Championship.

Kim upset a field that included most of the world's top 50 golfers to win the tournament in Florida, often referred to as the "fifth major".

Kim started Sunday's final round in fourth place, two shots behind overnight leaders JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley. "That's why I could do well".

Poulter had initially not been eligible to play at Sawgrass, but he made the most of his second chance by recording his best finish for a number of years, which include a miraculous bogey on the final hole when he hit a shot from the trees to within a foot of the hole at a point when a triple-bogey looked his best hope.

"€I really wish we could have that benefit", he said.

Kim recently changed his putting grip. (AP) - Si Woo Kim made Sunday at The Players Championship look like child's play.

Oosthuizen, who fell out of the lead for good with a fairway bunker shot into the water for double bogey on No. 4, watched it all day playing alongside Kim.

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