Si Woo Kim set to lose two years of career

Rachel Hardy
May 17, 2017

Jason Day (R) of Australia presents the winner's trophy to Si Woo Kim of South Korea after the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 14, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Kim's victory earned him a five-year PGA Tour exemption, which will be interrupted at some stage when he heads home to South Korea to complete mandatory national military service.

Victory at TPC Sawgrass - regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major - won't exempt Kim but it does guarantee him five years on the US PGA Tour, as well as starts at the next three Masters, US Open and British Open.

By winning The Players Championship, Kim became only the fourth player over the last 25 years with multiple victories before turning 22.

"I still can't believe I'm the champion, and I'm very excited that I am the youngest champion", Kim said during the post-tournament interview. "There's like 14 holes of good stuff tee to green and then there's four every day that are below my standard, and I would like to lift that up consistency wise to get it solid for the US Open so I feel I can feature there". This victory comes with perks beyond the $1.89 million first prize.

The veteran caddie was duly impressed, so when Kim made it through the Finals in 2015 and regained his PGA TOUR card, Carens accepted an offer to join in.

Less than a month ago Poulter thought he had lost his full playing status on the PGA Tour after failing to earn enough points in a designated number of tournaments this season after returning from a foot injury that curtailed his 2016 campaign. Other than Kim, Wang Jeung-hun and An Byeong-hun are listed at 57th and 58th in the world ranking as of Sunday.

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Kim has played in 19 events this year.

Competing against Team United States at the Cup will be the worldwide team, comprising the top 10 global players in the official world ranking. "So I learned that experience, so I was just trying to focus on my play, so I was kind of feeling better just focusing on myself, and I played very aggressive today to get more points ahead of him, so I think that really helped me".

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.

"It seems the changes they have made are what the West Course deserves and it is going back to its rightful self, so respect to the club, to the European Tour and to the guys involved for making those changes, and Im sure the players will enjoy playing it next week", he added. He missed the par putt, and only had one really good look at birdie the rest of the way. 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. He carded an 84 - the worst ever finishing score by a three-round leader at The Players.

"He's gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure", runner-up Ian Poulter said.

Ian Poulter's tie for second place with Oosthuizen caps a memorable comeback for the Ryder Cup star.

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