Champion golfer banned 3 years for showing fans middle finger

Kim Bi-o kneels and begs for forgiveness before being banned for three years by the Korean Professional Golf Association

Kim Bi-o kneels and begs for forgiveness before being banned for three years by the Korean Professional Golf Association

On Monday, it was announced that the five-time victor of the Korean Tour was given a three-year ban for his obscene gesture directed at fans.

On the last round of the KGPA's DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open, Kim lost his cool on the 16th hole after a cellphone camera went off during his swing.

Bio Kim in a less controversial pose on the green. He later apologized for his actions, even kneeling before reporters and cameras.

Bio Kim, the Korean who is leading the money list on his home tour, has been handed a remarkable three-year suspension for raising his middle finger at members of the crowd at the weekend.

After the poor shot, Kim, 29, turned to the crowd, flipped off fans and slammed his driver into the ground. He was also fined the US equivalent of $8,350, which seems a far more reasonable punishment. Especially on the Korean Tour.

In a statement, the Korean Tour said: "Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior".

Kim, who spent a season playing on the PGA Tour in 2011, is now ranked 302nd in the world rankings and has six professional victories to his name.

After losing his PGA Tour card in 2011, Kim played what is now the Korn Ferry Tour in 2012 and 2013, and then again in 2018.

The PGA Tour said he would not be eligible pending its own review to determine whether to restrict Kim's access to its tournaments.

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