You’d think Winning one of the biggest events on Tour would springboard your life to newfound happiness and bliss
Hours after winning The Players Championship, Si Woo Kim withdrew from this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson, citing a back injury that has caused him trouble throughout the season.
“On Saturday night at The Players, my back began to flare up, Having dealt with that the last two days, I feel it is best for me to take precautionary measures to ensure I can play and compete fully healthy for the rest of the season.”
This is absolutely absurd. Si Woo Kim just won $1.9 million by claiming The Players Championship on Sunday, and then flew in the middle seat in coach. And he has back issues…
Prior to his victory, Kim had gone 16 straight starts without a top-10 finish. That stretch included Back-related Withdrawals at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Farmers Insurance Open, Valspar Championship and Shell Houston Open.
The fact that Kim didn’t spring for a private jet or even a first class seat after his victory at TPC Sawgrass, opting instead to sit in the middle seat in coach of a Southwest commercial flight to Atlanta, is Insane to me and he HAS to take a little of the blame here.
Remember when Tiger sat on a 15-hour flight to Dubai After the Hero World Challenge? Even in first-class, in his own Jet. And his back hasn’t been the same since?!
Spend the extra couple hundred bucks and fly in luxury, you’re a multi-millionaire!
In more bad news for Si-Woo… The biggest news dump of bad-news for a relatively unknown golfer that I can remember… Not even a Win at the Players will keep him from serving in the military for his country in the near future.
Kim is a native of South Korea, a country that requires all able-bodied men to serve a compulsory military service ranging from 21 months (Army or Marines) to 24 months (Air Force). The rule stems from the fact that the nation is still technically at war with North Korea
Si-Woo will not be the first to go through this. The same requirement pulled Sangmoon Bae from the golf course weeks after he advanced to the 2015 Tour Championship and played in the Presidents Cup.
Bae won twice on Tour but was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempts to get out of the conscription requirement.
Kim said that he has not yet decided when he’ll begin his stint, but he has some time to decide. The rule applies to men between ages 20-30, and it’s an obligation that Bae deferred for several years while establishing himself on Tour.
So basically, this guy just had the best day of his life, and is spending the next couple days with back pain and answering questions about going into the military. Nice