Everyone remembers the young, Nike sponsored, and aggressive golfer that was Anthony Kim. Such a polarizing player that was Kim jumped on to the PGA Tour scene in 2008 and first won a PGA Tour tournament at the Wachovia Championship in May of 2008. Kim then followed up that win with a win two months later at Congressional at the AT&T National tournament.
After another win in 2010 at the Shell Houston Open, it looked like Kim was ready to break through on the PGA Tour. That same year, Kim finished tied for 3rd at the Masters in what was the most memorable moments of Kim’s career. With his signature Nike belt and his signature confidence, Kim put together a string of birdies on the back 9 to create a roar on the Augusta grounds. Of course it wasn’t enough to get the win, but Kim’s 3rd place finished seemed to confirm his status as one of the best on the PGA Tour.
After that finish, and a tie for 5th at The British Open a year later, it went down hill fast. After entering many events in 2012, Kim hoped he could win his first major. That was until he came up with a sudden Achilles injury that caused surgery and a 9-12 month recovery. The return for Kim is set to be late this summer, but he does have a medical exemption so the return will not be rushed.
Although the injury has been the ingredient in sidelining, there have been some concerns on Kim’s partying habits.
In first couple years on the PGA Tour, it became known that Kim was a huge partier. He was at every party, partying at every party, and drinking high contents of alcohol at every party. People in his camp noticed this and tried make him aware of the problem because of his lackadaisical attitude towards his golf game. Unfortunately, the story is unknown after that; some people are saying Kim is rehabbing his party habits and others are saying he cleaned all of it up before his injury.
It is unknown whether or not the partying has added time to Kim’s absence from the course, but one thing is for certain. If the Kim that we remember is the same Kim when he comes back, then he will be as motivated as ever to get back in the winners circle and to get back to wear he belongs on the PGA Tour.