Eleven times he either failed to qualify for the weekend or withdrew.
And the 21-year-old is also comfortably the youngest victor of the so-called "fifth major" - surpassing the record set by former world number one Adam Scott, who was 23 when he won in 2004. He was the only player Sunday who didn't make bogey in his round of 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory. "They say you need experience to do well at the majors, but if I can study the course beforehand and prepare accordingly, I think it's possible (to capture a major)".
"From that moment (when Choi won the 2011 Players Championship), I was dreaming that I really want to be in this tournament", Kim said.
Ian Poulter has moved into 80th position in the World Golf Rankings after finishing in a share of second place at the Players Championship.
Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in a tie for fourth.
Two weeks ago, Poulter thought he had lost his PGA Tour card until officials realized a clerical oversight that restored his status and even gave him a spot in The Players Championship.
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Garcia, the 2008 Players champion, had two doubles and a triple and ballooned 11 shots higher than his third-round 67 with a 78 to finished tied for 30th.
Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, looks down after his second shot of the fourth hole went in the water during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The golfer netted nearly $2 million in prize money, a five-year tour exemption and his very own locker at TPC Sawgrass.
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21-year-old Kim will have to go back to South Korea by the time he's 30 to serve his time in the military so it remains to be seen at what point he will drop the clubs to return home. At 21 years, 10 months and 16 days, Kim is the youngest victor of the tournament considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour.
"For me, to have played well last week and locked up everything in America has now freed my summer up and meant I can come back and play in some of the big events in Europe, which I'm really looking forward to", said Poulter.
Now he's here to stay for at least the next five years, and based on his game, probably much longer.