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Anthony Kim has successful surgery on left thumb; expected “to be out 10-12 weeks”

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

05/06/2010 at 10:26 am

Posted in Anthony Kim, PGA Tour

Anthony Kim withdraws from The Players; is he shutting it down until the Ryder Cup?

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You wouldn’t have known it from CBS’s golf coverage of the final round at Quail Hollow, but there was another player playing with Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

Anthony Kim, who literally lurked in McIlroy’s shadow, watching the 20-year-old blitz the course from his front row seat, was a non-factor when the cameras caught a glimpse of him late in the day. Jim Nantz mentioned that the former winner of the event had looked increasingly frustrated throughout the day, probably due in large part to the severed tendon in his left thumb, an injury he’d been playing with for some time.

Kim’s thumb, along with Woods’ return to a non-major event, were the talk of the tournament early in the week. While his thumb was bothersome, Kim found a way to somehow jerry-rig it to win in Houston and finish in the top three at the Masters. A.K. wouldn’t admit it but his play during those couple of weeks was masterful. It was proof that the human body could withstand pain when something great was on the line.

But somewhere along the way between crazy and genius, the body usually hits a tipping point where the pain becomes too much to bear. And with a WD from The Players on Tuesday, Anthony Kim must now face his biggest decision of all, and that’s whether or not it’s the right time to shut his game down to have surgery on his nagging left thumb. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

05/04/2010 at 3:21 pm

Anthony Kim and his “Entourage” in a reality TV show? It’s a possibility

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PGA Tour brass have been clamoring for a product to entice a younger generation to watch the sport. While talk of micing-up caddies and adding a bit more controversy to the sport has been discussed, the tour could really use a name and face that today’s generation could associate with.

While Tiger Woods is a great golfer, the tour desperately needs a fresh face to lead the sport into the future. If ever there was a player that fit the “youthful exuberance” model, it would most certainly be Anthony Kim.

We all know the story of Kim’s confirmed drinking and partying escapades during his first year on tour. His after-round antics gave players and media members more gossip than they could handle. But things have since changed, as Kim turned his career around by employing some of his best friends to help him out in Entourage-esque fashion. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/30/2010 at 3:55 pm

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Anthony Kim and his injured thumb are nearing an inevitable impasse

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Quail Hollow holds a special place in Anthony Kim’s heart. Besides being the first PGA Tour event Kim ever won, the victory was even sweeter because of the field he had to hold off to win the event. Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Fred Couples; they were all there to witness Kim lap the field and win by five shots in 2008.

So when A.K. pulled up a chair inside the press tent on Tuesday prior to the first round, many would have figured his recent form in Houston and Augusta, or possibly his win in 2008, would have been the topic of the day. Far from it.

Instead, Kim spent almost 80 percent of the time talking about one of the hottest topics on tour at the moment: his injured left thumb. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/28/2010 at 4:09 pm

Just how bad is Anthony Kim’s thumb injury?

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You wouldn’t know if from the way Anthony Kim was lashing at the ball for the last two weeks, but the 10th ranked player in the World Golf Rankings has a thumb injury that’s been bothering him for almost 16 months.

Given his stellar play in the final round of the Masters, coupled with his victory the week before in Houston, one would have to assume the injury isn’t hampering his game. But if Kim’s comments over the weekend are any indication the injury — what Kim called a “torn ligament in my left thumb” — is definitely something that’s on his mind.

“It’s definitely uncomfortable and something I didn’t want to talk about,” Kim said. “I’ve had plenty of injuries and they have been well documented and I don’t want another one to talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/13/2010 at 11:31 am