It has been called the 5th Major and we think that it is. It has the best field of any tournament top to bottom and today was complete proof of that.
When the sun set over TPC Sawgrass today Si Woo Kim became the youngest winner of The Players at age 21. With that he gets a 5 year exemption a great trophy and his name will now be etched in Players history as a champion.
He fired a bogey free 3 under par 69 today to win by three strokes over Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen both finishing at 7 under par for the week.
As of his finish in San Antonio Poulter wasn’t even in the field here this week but a recalculation of the FedEx Cup Points worked in his and Brian Gay’s favor and Poulter made the best of it. With this finish and his top 5 in Hilton Head he should have enough points to keep his card next year, but the 5 year exemption would have been great for him.
With the changes to the 12th hole in making it driveable the tour finally got what they wanted out of it on Sunday with many of those chasing going for the green trying to force the issue. Dustin Johnson missed it left of the pond but still managed to make an up and down for birdie. Many other players didn’t quite have his luck and they found a water grave as they tried to make eagle.
Rafa Cabrera Bello did something today at TPC Sawgrass that had never been done in the tournament . He made a double eagle 2 on the 16th hole after hitting an 8 iron for his second shot that bounded off the back of the bunker and rolled into the hole. It even surprised him when it happened.
The changes to the golf course were awesome this week. We really like the 12th hole but think that the left side shouldn’t have as much slope in it. The shorter rough around the course is awesome and allows for many other options for the players competing. Great job by the Tour and the staff at TPC Sawgrass in making some great changes to an already amazing course.
Dads Say So at the end of the week Si Woo Kim did his part and bettered everyone else in the field. He played some great steady golf and even pulled off one of the most amazing shots on Saturday when he hit a driver out of the rough on 14 that found its way onto the front of the green and from there he 2 putted for par, when he was staring bogey easily in the face. Lets all stand up and congratulate the South Korean as for the next year he will be introduced as “The Players Champion.”