Anthony Kim has successful surgery on left thumb; expected “to be out 10-12 weeks”
Breaking news coming from IMG this morning regarding the status of one of their higher profile golf clients, Anthony Kim. After he decided to withdraw from The Players earlier this week, speculation began on this site and all over the golf blogosphere as to what Kim’s next move would be.
Judging by the way he’d been playing over the last month, many expected him to bite the bullet and play through the pain. Some thought his WD signaled his intent to skip the U.S. Open and have the surgery in time to get his game in order for the Ryder Cup, an event he’s dead set on playing.
It looks like the Ryder Cup won out over the major championship this year, as Kim decided to have surgery yesterday to repair the severed tendon in his left thumb, thereby putting his game on the shelf for the three months.
IMG had this to say about the surgery: “He is expected to be out 10-12 weeks as he works through the necessary rehabilitation schedule.”
The decision means he’ll miss the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and possibly the British Open at St. Andrews. While the game will miss him during his absence, this is certainly the type of injury that needed to dealt with sooner rather than later.
Altering the swing to alleviate the pain in the thumb would almost certainly cause a player to change his swing or grip to compensate for the left thumb. While I’m pretty sure Kim’s swing is sound, you just don’t want to play with a swing like that for too long. This now gives him the time to rest, rehab and get back in time for the PGA Championship and the run up to the Ryder Cup. Smart move on his part.