Bio Kim, once banned for directing obscene gesture at fans, wins on Asian Tour

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Bio Kim, whose three-year ban for making an obscene gesture towards fans was later reduced to one year, won the GS Caltex Maekyung Open on Sunday in Korea.

In October of 2019, Kim directed an obscene gesture towards the gallery during the final round of a Korean Tour event. The incident occurred on the 16th tee box, when a fan took a picture of Kim as he teed off. He turned to the fans and flipped them off, then slammed his club into the ground. After going on to win the event, Kim apologized.

On Sunday, Kim, 31, started the day with a four-shot lead and despite a 1-over 72 in the final round, he won by two shots over Mingyu Cho, a victory aided in large part by a two-stroke penalty incurred by Cho on the ninth hole.

It’s the fourth professional win for Kim and it comes tens years after he won the same tournament on the same course. That win was the first of two that season. He then went nine years before winning again at the 2021 LG Signature Players Championship.