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Kim Si-woo is youngest golfer to win '5th major'

Kim Si-woo is youngest golfer to win '5th major'

South Korea's Si Woo Kim produced a nerveless display to become the youngest ever victor of the Players Championship as Ian Poulter had to settle for a share of second place.

Kim Si-woo finished on a total of 10-under par after completing his final round with a bogey-free 3-under-par 69, which put an insurmountable distance between him and his closest rivals Poulter and South Africa's Lous Oosthuizen, reports Efe.

Finishing second rarely sits well with Ian Poulter but on Sunday the Englishman was in good spirits after his joint runner-up performance at The Players Championship.

Although the Players Championship is not a major, it has one of the biggest prize pots on the PGA tour, bagging Kim 1.9 million dollars and a host of exemptions to qualify for other competitions, including the Masters. The first came at the Wyndham Championship in August past year.

Poulter has been reluctant to play at Wentworth in recent years as he was not a fan of the greens, but all 18 have been replaced at the revamped West Course in a huge project overseen by Ernie Els, Paul McGinley and current Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.

His last hurdle was getting by the final two holes where not even his two-shot lead was safe - the island green at the par-3 17th and a closing hole with water all the way down the left side.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello made Players history, producing an astonishing final three holes to finish in a tie for fourth with Kyle Stanley.

"Because of that experience", Kim said through his interpreter, "I could be relieved and I could be very stable".

This win sees him move 45 places up the world rankings to a career high 28th.

"I think it was hard to kind of get it close, and obviously, the opportunities on the back nine were 11 - I hit a decent shot into 10 and had a decent look there, but took advantage of 11", Poulter explained. After a 72 in the second round, Kim had one of the better showings on a wind-blown Saturday afternoon with a 68, putting him two shots behind Holmes and Stanley. Today I felt like a couple of putts slid by, but I played well under pressure, barring that disgusting second shot on the last. "You just don't give shots away".

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. "Never once did he look flustered at all". He only got into the tournament a few weeks ago when the PGA Tour realized a clerical oversight regarding his return from a foot injury previous year. He followed that with birdie on 17, then holed a long par putt from just off the 18th green. His round was helped by an albatross on the par-5 16th hole.