[SPORTS] Korean Golfer Kang Sung Hoon Wins Korea Open
D-Bo, Oct. 22, 2013, 2:43 p.m.
The Korea Open was concluded last Sunday with unexpected surprises that left the overnight leader Kim Hyung-tae tied with Rory McIlory at second place. The Korea Open, which took place in Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, took an unexpected turn on its final day when the overnight leader Kim Hyunh-tae, on his way to victory on the 17th hole, was penalized two strokes by officials for grounding his club in an area that was considered a hazard on the 13th hole.
After Kim bogeyed the 17th, he was left to par the 18th and thus losing the Korea Open title to second place contender Kang Sung-hoon. Unconvinced by the officials’ decision to penalize him, Kim returned to the 13th hole to argue for more than two hours with the officials. In the end, however, Kim was left but the choice to sign his card confirming the official results.
After the sudden change left Kang as the victor in the competition, Kang, 26, said that "I'm a really good friend of his (Kim) so at the moment it doesn't feel great. Even though I won the tournament, I just feel really sorry for him.” Kang added that “"I was actually out there to celebrate for him, but... I don't know... I don't know what to say. It's horrible," expressing his surprise at the turn of events.