He now shares locker No. 4 with Lanny Wadkins, the former PGA champion and Ryder Cup stalwart. There is still no repeat victor in the history of The Players Championship.
Kim cashed in the US$1.89 million winner's check, one of the largest on the tour, behind only major championships such as the U.S. Open and the Masters.
A Boston-area guy standing side-by-side with a South Korean kid, united by this game of golf. Neither Stanley (75) nor Holmes (84) figured in the finish as Kim parred every hole on the back nine to secure the title. He missed the green 10 times and saved par each time.
A first-hand look of Kim's final round is just what Louis Oosthuizen got on Sunday.
The tour's "strokes gained" statistic measures how a player performs against the field and has become the most reliable standard.
He played last four holes in just eight shots, starting with the first albatross in TPC Sawgrass history when his 8-iron on the par-5 16th hole caromed off the bank of a bunker and ran into the pin before dropping for a 2.
Experts on all things to do with Korean culture and society, of which this correspondent is not one of them, routinely state that there has always been more of an inclination to put males on the academic track and not the athletic track.
He did not have a top 20 all year. What's even more ironic is that to some degree, the players thought to have a reasonable chance to win on Sunday at all played like kids and the 21-year-old played like the seasoned vet.
So is he another Adam Scott or another Craig Perks?
Kim followed in the footsteps of South Korean K.J. Choi, who won the 2011 Players Championship and was all too happy to provide his countryman some tips about his experience. He was No. 18 in the world when the Australian won at Sawgrass.
From thinking he had lost his PGA Tour playing card to finishing in a tie for second at The Players Championship in the space of a few weeks, Ian Poulter has conceded that one's fortunes in golf can change at the drop of a hat. That turned out to be his only victory.
Poulter will look to build on his superb performance at The Players Championship as he makes his first appearance at Wentworth since 2014, and he is looking forward to seeing the new-look West Course following its extensive renovation over the a year ago.
You might think after winning The Players Championship, especially after winning the championship as the youngest player ever, you'd be ready to go big and celebrate.
Not to be overlooked is how Kim reached this stage in the first place. Kim's short game and his complete refusal to be rattled on Sunday was completely opposite of what a 21-year-old in contention at THE PLAYERS Championship is supposed to showcase.
Having gained his PGA Tour card at just 17, Kim had failed to make the cut several times in recent outings. "From the beginning of this year, I really wished I could be in the top 10 so I could get the ticket to get in, and I'm very proud that I could join this tournament as a representative of Korea and Asia".
"While I was practicing with [Choi], he taught me about the course at the Stadium", said Kim.
Kim now has a victory in each of his two seasons.