After holding off Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen to be crowned victorious at TPC Sawgrass, Si Woo Kim became just the fourth player under the age of 22 to win on the PGA Tour.
Ian Poulter of England, shows his ball after making a birdie putt on the 11th hole, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
He made an immediate impact upon his return to the Tour past year, however, winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship.
Taking home a nice $1,890,000 for his spectacular performance, Kim also climbed up to a career high 28 in the world rankings to announce himself as one of golf's most promising young talents.
He not only earned $US1.89 million ($A2.56 million) in prize money but also a five-year exemption on the US PGA Tour and an exemption to the next three Masters, US Opens and British Opens plus the 2017 US PGA Championship.
Day, who romped to a four-shot victory in 2016, finished at seven over for the tournament.
The 41-year-old Englishman, who finished runner-up at the Players Championship last week, will take part in the flagship event at Wentworth, starting on May 25. In only six starts on the season, McIlroy is now No. 48 in the FedExCup standings. He had not posted a top-10 since a tie for 10th in the Tour's event in Malaysia last October, his first start of the wrap-around season.
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After winning The Players, Kim left Florida with a cool check for $1,890,000. "Never once did he look flustered at all".
"You have to respect some good golf", Poulter said.
Kim started Sunday's final round in fourth place, two shots behind overnight leaders JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley.
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.
Elsewhere at Sawgrass on Sunday there was drama as Rafa Cabrera Bello scored a rare albatross. He is expected to return for the 2018 season though it is unclear how much time it will take to regain top form after two years away from competitive action.
He then returned to the Web.com Tour until he locked up his PGA Tour card for the 2015-16 season by finishing 23rd on the 2015 Web.com Tour priority list.
Kim followed in the footsteps of South Korean K.J. Choi, who won the 2011 Players Championship and was all too happy to provide his countryman some tips about his experience.