The Players Championship is not officially considered a major tournament in professional golf, although it is often referred to as the “fifth major” due to its high profile and significant prize money. The Players Championship is an annual golf tournament that takes place in March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. The tournament was first held in 1974 and is organized by the PGA Tour. Despite not being a major, winning The Players Championship is still a notable achievement for professional golfers, as it is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour.
Over the years, there have been many surprising winners. It’s difficult to pinpoint the single biggest underdog to ever win the tournament, as there have been several golfers who have won against the odds.
One of the most notable underdog stories at The Players Championship happened in 2015 when South Korean golfer Kim Si-woo won the tournament at the age of 21. At the time, Kim was ranked 75th in the world and had only one previous win on the PGA Tour. He became the youngest player to win the tournament and only the second Asian player to win it after South Korean K.J. Choi in 2011.
Kim played impressively throughout the tournament, finishing at 10-under-par to win by three strokes over the runner-up, England’s Ian Poulter. His win at The Players Championship was a breakthrough moment in his career, and he has since gone on to win two more PGA Tour events.
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