"I just focused on the middle of the green". 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. (AP) - Si Woo Kim made Sunday at The Players Championship look like child's play. Not exactly terrific news if you're a 21-year-old, although it's clear that Kim has the talent to be great if he can keep himself healthy. But it appears he is being responsible and sticking with the rest of us in coach.
Kim's triumph was his second PGA Tour victory having won the 2016 Wyndham Championship, and propelled him up to 28th in the latest world rankings. From the right hand rough on the 18th, he shanked his second shot, bouncing it off hospitality tents and the cart path into a bush.
Eleven times he either failed to qualify for the weekend or withdrew. He took a penalty drop, and then hit wedge over the trees and almost holed it, tapping in for bogey. "They say you need experience to do well at the majors, but if I can study the course beforehand and prepare accordingly, I think it's possible (to capture a major)".
Kim, who fashioned three birdies on the front nine and finished his round with nine straight pars, was unflappable on the challenging Stadium Course. "But the fourth shot was pretty special - from one of the worst shots I've ever hit to one of the very best".
Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain (70) tied for fourth at 282, four strokes behind Kim.
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Beal was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc before hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth to pull the Wizards within 2, 87-85. He would play 28 minutes, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting, collecting five rebounds and dishing out four assists.
USA golf commentator Brandel Chamblee likened the 21-year-old's surprise victory to Donald Trump's shock US election victory and the outcome of the Brexit referendum.
Kim is the youngest ever to win the tournament, surpassing Adam Scott who won the tournament at the youthful age of 23 when he finished ahead of Padraig Harrington in 2004. This victory comes with perks beyond the $1.89 million first prize.
He made an immediate impact upon his return to the Tour previous year, however, winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship.
21-year-old Kim will have to go back to South Korea by the time he's 30 to serve his time in the military so it remains to be seen at what point he will drop the clubs to return home. He followed with a short birdie on the 17th and a long par from just off the 18th green.