Si Woo Kim of South Korea smiles as he holds up the winner's trophy after taking out the Players Championship.
Si Woo Kim of South Korea smiles as he holds up the winner's trophy after taking out the Players Championship. TANNEN MAURY

Woo, woo, woo, what a win for young star

UNHERALDED South Korean golfer Si Woo Kim has become the youngest winner of the Players Championship, obliterating the mark previously held by Australia's Adam Scott.

The 21-year-old Kim fired a bogey-free final round of three-under-par 69 at TPC Sawgrass to finish at 10-under, claiming a three-shot victory over England's Ian Poulter (71) and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen (73) at golf's unofficial fifth major championship.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (70) shared fourth place at six under with American Kyle Stanley (75).

Kim secures a $US1.89 million winner's pay cheque and a five-year exemption on the US PGA Tour.

Scott was the previous youngest winner in the US PGA Tour's flagship event in 2004, when he won aged 23 years, 8 months, and 12 days, while Kim doesn't celebrate his 22nd birthday until June 28.

Earlier, 36-year-old Scott made a late move up the leaderboard with a back-nine charge.

After dropping two shots during his first nine holes, world No.11 Scott rallied with four birdies on the back side to sign for a two-under-par 70 and finished in a tie for sixth, his fourth top-10 result at the event.

Australia's world No.3 Jason Day claimed an unwanted record for the worst-ever final round by a defending champion since the Players moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1982, signing for an 80.

Day, who has romped to a four-shot victory in 2016, finished at seven-over for the tournament.

His horror Sunday began with a two-over score through his first nine holes before a disastrous quadruple-bogey nine at the par-5 16th and a double-bogey 5 at the famous par-3 17th pushed him to eight over for the round.

Aaron Baddeley (three-over) and Rod Pampling (four-over) both shot 72.

News Corp Australia

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