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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 241
And yet between the 9th hole on Friday and that final two-foot putt on Sunday that sealed his place as the youngest Players champion in history, Kim made just two bogeys in a truly remarkable display of consistency that none of the world’s best players came close to matching. And, on a course that takes no prisoners, no less. Just ask J.B. Holmes, who arrived on Sunday with designs on victory as co- leader, but walked off course with a 12-over 84, having been torched from start to finish with four bogeys and a double-bogey on the front nine, as well as a quintuple-bogey at the notorious island par-3 17th, a double at 18 and three more bogeys along the way. Or Ask Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia or any of the dozens of top players who wilted under Sawgrass’ stare in at least one of their rounds. Not so for Kim or Ian Poulter, who were separated by just one shot with just seven holes to play and formed the most unlikely of duels. Former world No.5, Poulter, who was expecting to lose his PGA Tour card a few weeks ago until a FedEx Cup points recalculation saw him scrape back in, wrung every last drop out of his unexpected second chance, and looked like he might run Kim down until a bogey at 12 and an unfortunately timed shank into the pine straw at 18 saw him take another bogey that ended his winning chances. But for a dwindling star who was staring down some very tough times only weeks ago, it was almost beyond imagination. KIM MADE JUST TWO BOGEYS IN A TRULY REMARKABLE DISPLAY OF CONSISTENCY THAT NONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYERS CAME CLOSE TO MATCHING.
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