Anthony Kim, once hyped as the next great American golfer, was spotted on a golf course over the weekend. Unfortunately, but not unexpected, there are no pictures or videos of Kim swinging or even holding a golf club.
The 31-year-old Kim attended the Nancy Lieberman Charities Celebrity Golf Classic in Plano, Texas, on Monday and posed for a few pictures with the Sacramento Kings assistant coach and some fans.
Kim has been spotted a lot more lately since suffering multiple injuries and stepping away from the game in 2012.
In a 2015 interview with the Golf Channel, Kim said, “Golf is a fond memory of mine.”
“I’ve been watching more and more. I miss the competition a little bit. Watching these young guys like Jordan Spieth is bringing me back to watch.
Here’s what I’m telling you today, I’m going to step away from the game for a little while and get my body pieced together. Instead of going from an Achilles injury to try to go 180 mph and not fixing the problem … I’ve got so much ground to make up from injuries – rotator cuff, labrum, spinal fusion, hand injury. I’ve had six or seven surgeries in the last three-and-a-half years.”
Up until that interview, there had been rumors of Kim out partying and living his life like a 20-something party boy. He even posed for a picture in Vegas with Rick Solomon.
The question has always been, will he ever return or will his injuries and a large insurance policy that was rumored to be between 20 and 30 million dollars he supposedly collected that is contingent on him never returning to the sport keep him sidelined forever?
The best answer Kim has for that question is also in that 2015 interview.
“I paid well into the mid-six figures for the policy,” he said. “They wouldn’t have paid me every month had I not been to the doctors, showing them all my X-rays, doing all the treatment, the acupuncture, twice a day for physical therapy.”
After his 2008 PGA Tour season that included wins at the AT&T Championship and Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow, Kim climbed to 11th in the world rankings.
As unfortunate as it is, it’s likely that we’ll never see Anthony Kim playing competitive golf at any level, but hey, Davis Love III still has one more captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team this year. Imagine how awesome it would be if a very fit looking Kim were to return at the Ryder Cup and help the U.S. collect their first victory over the Europeans in eight years.
Not gonna happen, but you already know that.