Ian Poulter returns to world's top 100 after second at Players Championship

Si Woo Kim of South Korea holds The Players Championship Trophy Sunday

Si Woo Kim of South Korea holds The Players Championship Trophy Sunday

Si Woo Kim may have won one of golf's most prestigious tournaments on Sunday but he might be taken away from us just as he announced himself to the world.

England's Ian Poulter returns to the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings after earning a share of second at the Players Championship.

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

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.

Kim Si-woo battled through the pain to earn a breakthrough triumph at the Players Championship, but the back injury he battled at TPC Sawgrass will force him to miss this week's AT&T Byron Nelson. At that prize tag the 21-year-old likely could've chartered his own plane.

But it didn't feel like any kind of fluke as Kim masterfully negotiated the diabolical Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, shooting a bogey-free 69 to win by three shots. "I'm just so excited to be the champion".

Showing experience beyond his years, Kim failed to hit a bogey in the final round.

Kim also drilled his tee shot down the middle of the 18th fairway, setting up one final par - from off the green, of course - to cap a final round that was flawless, at least on his scorecard.

"The difference between my first victory and this one is that I am now confident I can win a major", he said. At the end of the day, he's just like you and me.

Kim finished tied for 20th at the 2012 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West in Palm Springs at age 17 years, five months, six days, making him the youngest player to graduate from qualifying school.

Poulter shanked his second shot from the right rough at the 18th, and the ball bounced off hospitality tents, down a cart path and into a palmetto bush. He took a penalty drop, and then hit wedge over the trees and almost holed it, tapping in for bogey.

"I know he hit a couple of awesome shots yesterday to get himself out of trouble, driver off the deck on 14 was a pretty impressive shot". He was the only player who didn't commit a bogey in the final round. Remarkably, Kim never did.

"I got close there on 11 once I made birdie, and obviously I wanted to try and put a little bit more pressure on, but it was tough to get it close [to the hole]", Poulter said. Today I felt like a couple of putts slid by, but I played well under pressure, barring that disgusting second shot on the last.

Kim, who said he had not decided when he will undertake his military service, delivered an impressive three-stroke victory in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

"If you're on your game and playing well, that the things you do", Oosthuizen said. "He's just so mentally strong for 21 that you can't really believe that he's 21".

Kim was also the fourth different leader at the of each round, proving once again this course tested every golfer's abilities.

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