Professional Golfer Suspended Three Years After He Flipped Off The Crowd When A Cell Phone Went Off
Let’s jump right into this classic ultimate-hight to the ultimate-low story.
Bio Kim won the DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open on Sunday and as a result, jumped to the top of the Korean Tour’s money list. That’s the ultimate-high part of the story, but something happened during his final-round.
As he was set to tee off on the 16th hole a person’s cellphone reportedly went off which pissed Kim off so much he turned to the crowd and flipped them off. The guy was under some stress as he was chasing his second win of the year and got heated, big deal.
He apologized after the round, but that wasn’t enough apparently because the Korean Tour unanimously voted to ban Kim from the Tour. It’s not a light ban either, we’re not talking about a tournament or two, the Tour banned him for three years.
The Tour also fined him just over the equivalent of $8,000 and released a statement saying “Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior.”
Talk about a turn of events.
Look, people in the crowd do stupid stuff week-in and week-out on the PGA Tour, but Kim should’ve taken a play out of Bubba Watson’s playbook here and kept his middle finger down. Instead, just talk smack to the fan and come across as an asshole as Watson regularly does.
Kim had a stint on the PGA Tour back in 2011 and actually made the cut at the 2013 U.S. Open finishing T-45. The year prior he reached No. 200 in the official world golf rankings.
Getting suspended on your primary golf tour will put a bit of a wrinkle in your professional golf status, but remember, it’s just for three whole years.
Hey, Emiliano Grillo flipped off the hole a few weeks back on the PGA Tour and we never heard anything about that. Tough break for Kim.