Days after rules controversy, Kim still tirelessly defending herself on social media

November 4, 2019
Christina Kim

It’s been a long few days on Twitter for LPGA pro Christina Kim. The Tour veteran first made headlines over the weekend for a series of cryptic tweets regarding a rules infraction that she witnessed and reported. Though Kim refused to reveal who the culprit was, or even which rule was broken, the truth emerged on Sunday.

During the sixth round of the LPGA Q-Series, Kim was playing in a group with Dewi Weber and Kendall Dye. As Weber was preparing to hit her tee shot on the par-3 17th hole, Dye flashed three fingers toward Weber’s caddie, Jacqueline Schram, confirming her club selection. Schram confirmed Dye’s request, which was a violation of Rule 10.2, which prohibits the asking or giving of advice between players. (Caddies are considered an extension of the player.) Though Kim says she conferred with a rules official immediately after the witnessing the infraction, she did not inform her playing partners until after the round. Dye and Weber were both penalized two strokes.

After all the details came to light, Kim was roundly criticized on Twitter for both reporting the infraction, and for waiting until the end of the round to disclose what she saw to the two players. Ever since her initial tweet on Thursday, Kim has been tirelessly relaying her side of the story to both challengers and supporters on social media, and even though it’s now been four days since the infraction took place, she is still defending herself.

Kim has tweeted about the situation more than 107 times since Thursday, mostly by responding to people who challenge her version of events or her decision to alert the rules official at all.

Despite the ongoing controversy, there is a silver lining for Kim, who ended up earning her LPGA Tour card with a T24 finish (the top 45 players earned their cards) at the conclusion of the LPGA Q-Series on Satuday, while Dye finished T51 and Weber was T67.

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