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How Si Woo Kim won The Players Championship in 2017

FILE photo by Nancy Beecher

After beginning the final round two strokes off the lead, Si Woo Kim posted the only bogey-free round of the day with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot win at The Players last May.

Kim became the youngest winner of the event in history at age 21 years, 10 months, 16 days. It marked his second career PGA Tour title in only his 61st career start. He was the first tournament champion to play the final round bogey free since Tim Clark in 2010.

With his victory, Kim became the first player from Asia to win twice on the PGA TOUR before the age of 22.

Kim became the fourth youngest to win twice on the PGA Tour in the last 25 years, trailing only Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth. He became the 15th different international player to win the tournament and joined K.J. Choi (2011) as the only players from South Korea to win.

Kim ranked second in SG: Off-the-Tee during his victory, outperforming the field by +1.363 strokes per round. His performance off the tee was the best by a champion of The Players since 2004.

During his victory, Kim led the field in scrambling (81.48%). The field average was 51.26%. Kim also led the field in par-4 scoring average (3.83).

In 16 starts this season, Kim has posted four top-10s with a playoff loss at the RBC Heritage and a solo-third at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba as his two best finishes.

Kim will look to supplant 2004 champion Adam Scott as the last tournament champion to post a top-10 finish (T8) while attempting to successfully defend his title. with 20.