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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 241
Y OU can do as much analysis and as many predictions as you like sometimes. But the reasons behind South Korean Si Woo Kim’s victory at the Players Championship are just as likely to be found on the other side of the United States, in Area 51, as they are to be found in the notes of any PGA Tour expert. As far as unexplained phenomena go, what happened at TPC Sawgrass was right up there. How does the fifth-biggest tournament on the calendar end in a battle between a battling Brit who scraped in on a technicality, and a 21-year-old whose season thus far could hardly have been any worse? Well, it’s the Players. And it’s golf. On a day when an overnight co-leader was systematically and unrelentingly ravaged by a course that had its way with most of the field at one point or another throughout the week, it was Kim who stood tall and refused to buckle when, on form, he should have. Here’s a player who could not have been further from title-winning form. Even after four rounds of supremely consistent shotmaking this week, he remains outside the Tour’s top 150 players for accuracy off the tee (55%), greens in regulation (58.6%), scoring average (73.001), strokes gained: putting (-.398), scoring averages for all four days, and a truckload of other statistical categories that are intended to provide some sort of guide to success. Of his 13 events in 2017, Kim had missed the cut five times, withdrawn three times and had a previous best result of T-22 at the Texas Open.
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