If you’re like me, you’re a fan of Nike Golf for Tiger Wood, their eye for talent and their ever-improving equipment and apparel. If you’re still like me, you like Anthony Kim because he’s a chill bro who plays the game with feel, youth and excitement. After a 2-win 2008 PGA Tour Season, the future was (and still is) so bright for Anthony “AK” Kim. However, in 2010 AK had a serious thumb injury that seemed to have lingered for well over a year.
We here at NGNation love AK and if you follow our Fantasy Four contest, you’ll notice Alan and I take him almost every chance we get. I just wanted to take the time to chronicle AK, his results and his latest injury news to surface at the 2012 Valero Texas Open after his WD.
7 Straight Top 25’s, 1 Win and Injury Revelation
Anthony “AK” Kim’s last win was in 2010 at the Shell Houston Open. It was no surprise that he won here, as his 3 prior finishes were 22nd, 2nd and 24th. He also had two great finishes at the Shell Houston Open prior to the 2010 event. After that, Kim admitted that he had a torn ligament in his thumb for the past 16 months. That’s dating this injury back to January 2009.
AK received surgery on this following a 3rd place at the 2010 Masters, 16th at the 2010 Ballantines, a 7th at Quail Hollow, then withdrawing from the 2010 Players Championship in May.
August – October 2010
Return and Poor Finishes
AK returned to action at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August of that year. While there is no cut at this event, AK finished 76th out of 80. After that, AK missed the cut at 5 of his next 6 events and then withdrew of the Justin Timberlake event in Las Vegas.
November 2010 – January 2011
Return to Form? (part 1)
Right after his WD in Vegas, AK finished 25th at the WGC HSBC Championship and followed that up with a 16th at the Chevron. It appeared that Kim was back in form to start the 2011 PGA Tour season, and he started the season as such. His first 3 finishes in 2011 were; 19th at Tournament of Champions, 13th at Sony Open and 6th at Torrey Pines.
February – March 2011
After such a good start to his 2011 season, AK then had a MC, WD, first round exit at Match Play, MC at Honda then a 60th out of 66 at Doral.
There was a flash of hope at the end of March at the Shell Houston Open, where AK was the defending champion. AK shot a great 2nd round 64, but finished 13th overall.
April – July 2011
Missed Cuts and the Open Championship
Starting with the 2011 Masters, Anthony missed 6 of his next 9 cuts, where his finishes were 56th, 68th, and 53rd.
Then another flash of hope… a 5th place finish at the Open Championship in July. AK followed that up with a DQ at the RBC Canadian Open where he’s had good history. Then he had a 14th place finish at the Greenbrier. This is when I thought he was back and finally over his thumb injury.
August – September 2011
Then he had 2 straight missed cuts, but then a 24th at the Barclays. However, he missed the cut at the Deutsche bank the following week in the first week of September. This put an end to AK’s 2011 PGA Tour season, leaving a lot of hope for the 2012 season and the rest of 2011.
October – December 2011
Return to Form? (part 2)
AK took off about 7 weeks after the Deutsche Bank and returned to play in Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. He finished 3rd at two of these events and 23rd at the next one.
Kim followed up his overseas trip with a 12th place the Franklin Templeton shootout. This was the type of consistency we saw from AK about 18 months ago. I finally thought that AK was healthy and ready to go.
2012 PGA Tour season
MCs, WDs and a New Injury
AK has entered 9 events so far in the 2012 season, making the cut at only 2 of them (42nd at the Honda Classic and 66th at Bay Hill).
While this was unsuspected after his great finish to 2011, AK had to withdraw in his last 2 events at the Shell Houston Open and Valero Texas Open.
After withdrawing after 14 holes at the Texas Open, AK cited numbness in his arm due to a wrist injury. AK is due for an MRI and we can only hope he returns to form soon.