Kim Si Woo: Ready to switch clubhouse for military barracks after Sawgrass win

    Kim Si Woo of South Korea celebrates with the winner's trophy after the final round of the 2017 Players Championship.

    Story highlights

    • Kim Si Woo, 21, wins Players Championship
    • South Korean is youngest player to win event
    • He's due to undertake military service

    (CNN)Kim Si Woo might have become the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship, but the 21-year-old from Seoul won't be receiving too much special treatment back in South Korea.

    That's because all able-bodied South Korean men must complete military service between the ages of 18 and 35 as the country is still technically at war with neighbor North Korea,
      While exemptions are offered to athletes who medal at the Olympic Games or win gold at the Asian Games, significant achievements on the PGA Tour do not yet warrant an exception.
      "I really wish I could have that benefit," Kim, who is only the second South Korean after K.J. Choi to reign supreme at Sawgrass, told reporters through a translator Sunday.
      "However, regardless of me winning this tournament I really have to go to the military service and I've already decided I'm going to go so I'm ready for that."