March 20, 2017 12:52
Korean golfer Kim Hae-rym won the SGF 67 World Ladies Championship at the Mission Hills Haikou Blackstone Course in Hainan, China, on Sunday.
But Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, which showed the match live, seemed so deep in a funk over Korea's decision to let the U.S. deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in Korea that it avoided showing Kim at all cost.
Kim's main sponsor is Lotte, which is being boycotted in China because it handed over a golf course for the stationing of the THAAD battery to the government.
The championship was co-hosted by the Korean, Chinese and European tours, transmitted by CCTV and broadcast in Korea by SBS.
The final round culminated in a nail-biting duel between Kim and Bae Seon-woo. Both Kim and Bae finished with 14-under 205 so they went into play-off. On the second extra hole, Kim landed a birdie while Bae saved a par.
Despite being the center of the competition, CCTV mostly shot Kim from distance or showed her back. Even close-up shots were taken from an angle so that the Lotte logo on her hat did not show.
When she was making the birdie putt that would win her the trophy, she was only shown from a distance, much to the annoyance of viewers. The trophy presentation was then left out entirely.
A spokesman for SBS Golf said, "CCTV did capture the trophy presentation, but because the event went into a play-off, it was not aired. As far as we know, CCTV was not thinking of Lotte when it broadcast the event."
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