Former PGA Tour Player Bio Kim Suspended After Obscene Gesture [WATCH]

Bio Kim

Getty Bio Kim tees off while playing the U.S. Open in 2013.

Former PGA Tour player Bio Kim has been suspended by the Korea Professional Golfers Association for three years after making the wrong kind of birdie on the golf course.

Kim, 29, is currently the leading money winner on the KPGA and was looking set to cruise to a victory in the DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open over the weekend. Then, a camera click went off with Kim playing on the 16th hole, and the golfer didn’t react well, making an obscene gesture and flipping the bird toward the gallery and the offending noise.

Here’s a look at how things played out:

[영상] KPGA 김비오, 갤러리 향해 '손가락 욕설' 파문 / YTN코리안투어 DGB 볼빅 대구경북오픈 최종 라운드에서 김비오 선수가 합계 17언더파로 정상에 올랐습니다. 시즌 두 번째 우승이고, 이번 우승으로 김비오 선수, 대상 포인트 경쟁에서도 1위로 올라섰습니다. 하지만 어제 눈길을 끈 건 김비오 선수 우승이 아니라 경기 중에 보여준 적절치 못한 행동 때문이었습니다. 사건은 김비오가 한 타 차 선두이던 16번 홀 티샷을 할 때 일어났습니다. 한 갤러리가 카메라 셔터를 누르면서 스윙에 방해를 받자 김비오 선수, 손가락 욕설을 하고, 드라이버로 티잉그라운드를 힘껏 내려찍는 행동을 했습니다. 나중에 사과했지만 비난 여론을 잠재우기엔 너무 늦었습니다. 한국프로골프협회는 사안이 중대하다고 보고 내일 오전 10시 상벌위원회를 열어서 김비오에 대한 징계 수위를 결정할 예정입니다. 골프가 매너의 스포츠이고 규정집에도 '모든 선수는 프로 선수로서 갖춰야 할 적절한 매너와 에티켓을 지켜야 한다'고 명시하고 있습니다. 선수 입장에서는 화가 날 수도 있는 상황이지만 갤러리 소음은 언제든 발생할 수 있는 일이라고 인정해야 하기 때문에 절대 선수가 해서는 안 될 행동이었죠. 더욱이 전국에 생중계로 중계되고 있었기 때문에 중징계를 피할 수 없을 것 같습니다. 어제 '남은 3개 대회를 잘 치러서 대상은 받고 싶다'고 말했는데 출장 정지 징계를 피하긴 어려울 것 같습니다. ▶ 기사 원문 : https://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0107_201909301304350947 ▶ 제보 안내 : http://goo.gl/gEvsAL, 모바일앱, 8585@ytn.co.kr, #2424 ▣ YTN 유튜브 채널 구독 : http://goo.gl/Ytb5SZ ⓒ YTN & YTN PLUS 무단 전재 및 재배포금지2019-09-30T04:17:45.000Z

Kim did end up going on to win the tournament in the end, proving how the best players can and do often rise above noises and gallery intimidation in order to win on the biggest stages. In this case, the damage had already been done though, with Kim quickly being suspended for the incident and how it played out in the public sphere. In the age of social media, it’s not a surprise to see such an act captured and spread around for the world to see.

As the KPGA quickly revealed in a statement as shown in a piece by Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, with the act, they believed “Kim damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior.” Thus, the reason for the three year ban, which is a significant punishment. According to Lavner’s piece, Kim was also fined what equates to $8,350 in American dollars for the act.

After turning pro in 2009 and graduating from qualifying school in 2010, Kim played on the PGA Tour in 2011 and has 5 Korean Tour wins to his credit. Additionally, he has 3 OneAsia Tour wins as well. In the states, Kim’s best finish came in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, where he finished T45 as Justin Rose went on to claim the title. Kim is also a two time Order of Merit winner on both the Korean Tour (2010) and OneAsia Tour (2012).

Professional golfers back in the states have been no stranger to some unique on course blowups themselves. PGA Tour Champions player Woody Austin once famously damaged his putter on his head after missing a putt on the green. Even Tiger Woods has had notable run ins with photographers on the course leading him to foul language, but has never crossed the line in terms of making such a gesture.

Most meltdowns in golf have classically had more to do with club tossing, breaking and damaging through the years rather than obscene gestures toward the gallery. Here’s a look at a collection of some of the more notable cases of frustrated golfers playing out live:

PGA Best Club Breaking MomentsWatch the sequel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj_jAhM2jfs&lc2017-05-11T15:24:06.000Z

Kim apologized for his act, but it does not sound as if that will matter much in the end. This simply proves that losing your temper on the golf course can sometimes have lasting and devastating consequences, proving once and for all that no matter the often high stakes, golf is simply a game.

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