If you follow the golf world I’m sure that you’ve heard that a player from the Korean PGA recently received a three-year ban for “flipping the bird”. That player was Bio Kim and he was not a random player from that TOUR.

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You see, Bio Kim just happens to be that Tour’s current money leader. So what prompted him to give someone the finger? While leading the DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open this past weekend, Kim was hitting his tee shot on the 16th Hole. As he was coming into impact, the sound of a picture being taken startled him. Irate at the situation, he spontaneously gave the finger and slammed his club into the ground. Kim would go on to win the event by one stroke. His second of the season.

The Korean PGA was very quick to discipline Kim for his actions. Banning Kim for three years. The explanation for the disciplinary action being “Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior,”. On top of the three-year ban, Kim was also handed a fine of $8,350 USD. This has outraged golf fans around the world. But I want to look at this from a different perspective.

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KPGA says “No golf for you. Three-year ban. Next”

In a sense, I have to applaud the Korean PGA for taking such a strong and decisive stance on his actions. While most (including myself) see this as simply a player displaying a “knee-jerk reaction” in frustration the reality is that there’s a bigger picture involved. The reality is that in no way is that appropriate behaviour to display to junior golfers (or children in general) that may have been in attendance. Three years is a long freaking time but at least the KPGA did something that might deter this sort of thing in the future. There’s a huge part of me that would love to know what their policy is when one of their tour members maliciously damages a green or damages a golf course in the “heat of the moment”. Would they hand out disciplinary action for a breach of that etiquette? Now, I think that’s worthy of steep disciplinary action.

Conversely, however, it makes me think about the PGA TOUR and European Tour (for that matter). Would they take any sort of action regarding an incident? My answer is no. It’s clear that the likes of PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan in all likelihood wouldn’t. Look at Bryson DeChambeau damaging a green earlier this year. No recourse from the TOUR office for his actions. Or how about Sergio Garcia in Dubai? The European Tour did nothing either. Essentially, the commissioners of their respective tours look spineless and cowardly. One could speculate that the “inmates are running the asylum”. Sometimes in life example’s need to be made.

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For those worrying about Bio Kim and his livelihood being threatened. I’m sure that we’ll see him emerge elsewhere. Between the Asian Tour, the Korn Ferry Tour and sponsor’s exemptions elsewhere he’ll be getting more than his fair share of opportunities to make money.

At the end of the day, the KPGA held a player accountable for his actions and to me… that’s a great thing. I just hope that they (the KPGA) stick to their convictions. But it raises another question for me. If it was Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, or Bryson Dechambeau would anything have been done to those players? My hypothesis is no, not a damn thing. Folks, there is a double-standard in this world and the golf world is a microcosm of what society is and has become. Where the elite and wealthy are treated oh-so differently.

At the very least Kim and the KPGA got their 15 minutes in a world view. How many of us knew the name Bio Kim before this of gave a crap what happened on the KPGA? Is three years too long for Kim’s actions? Was it an over-reaction? Perhaps. After all, Kim did make an obscene gesture.  Who knows? Maybe the other tours may decide to grow a pair and follow the example set by the KPGA and start handing out discipline. Quite frankly, they need to.

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

 

 

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RIDGELAND, MS, October 2, 2019… SkyGolf®, maker of SkyCaddie®, the most trusted Rangefinder in Golf, announced that for the second week in a row David Shacklady has won on the European Staysure Tour while relying on his SkyCaddie SX500 for yardages. Shacklady won the recent Druh Belts presents Paris Legends Championship by Renault Z.E. after a playoff with Jean-François Remésy at the Racing Club de France La Boulie course.

In addition to Shacklady, three out of the top four finishers in the event used the award-winning SkyCaddie SX500, including James Kingston, who finished in third place and Peter Baker who finished fourth.

The tricky, densely wooded Racing Club golf course creates many situations where golfers are hitting over trees into hidden landing areas, giving SkyCaddie SX500 users a clear advantage over golfers who only have a laser.

With each day’s pin positions loaded into his SX500, Shacklady, who no longer uses the yardage books which are available at each tour event, knew exactly what club to take to attack the flag. His SX500 also gave him instant, accurate yardages to all hazards, landing areas, run-outs, lay-up points and major green contours from wherever he was standing – even from behind trees.

“SkyCaddie promised that the SX500 was going to be something different, and it is” said Shacklady. “It’s such a jump forward. The info is there instantly, there’s no pacing around. More often than not, you can’t see the whole of the green, but the SX500 gives you a really good visual of how much green there is in front, to the side and behind the pin. It just simplifies your thoughts. I use it to plot all the spots I want to hit the ball into, on fairways and greens. On the odd occasion you hit a wild one, and you’re behind a tree, you still get the yardage.”

The 52-year-old Englishman also won the previous event on the Staysure Tour, The Sinclair Invitational, at Hanbury Manor earlier this month.

The win moved Shacklady into fourth place on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit, and into a close battle with Philip Price, Bernhard Langer and Paul Broadhurst for the overall title – which will be decided at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius this December.

With almost half of this year’s competitors on the Staysure Tour using a SkyCaddie SX500, the clear benefits of this powerful new technology are now being seen at the highest level in the sport.

SkyCaddie’s unique status as the only golf distance measuring device brand to walk every golf course, mapping dozens of target points on every hole, gives Staysure Tour golfers faith in SkyCaddie yardages.

SkyCaddie’s detailed and frequently updated course maps are exclusively available to SkyCaddie users, with other GPS brands relying on aerial photography which is often inaccurate and years out of date.

The SX500’s ability to show the day’s pins as well as the entirety of every hole including accurate yardages to all of its hazards, seen or unseen, is crucial for golfers who wish to perform at the highest possible level. The SX500 effectively obsoletes laser technology which can only give very limited line-of-sight distance information.

“We congratulate David on his back-to-back victories,” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf Senior VP and COO. “We’re excited to see more and more of Europe’s best golfers trusting the SX500 to give them critical distance information on the course.”

The SX500, which recently received the Best Handheld GPS award in the MyGolfSpy 2019 GPS Buyers Guide, has been used by the winners of four Staysure Tour events in recent months.

For more information about the SkyCaddie SX500, visit www.skygolf.com.

 

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