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Anthony Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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Anthony Kim is no longer fully exempt on the PGA TOUR via a Major Medical Extension.
He's been parked on 16 starts to bank $613,550 since his last start in 2012, but those terms have gone by the boards. Not that it matters, of course. In his interview with the Associated Press published on Sept. 30, AK acknowledged that it'll be some time before he considers a return to competition. That said, it was also evident that golf is merely a part of his past. Since he's no longer in need of status checks on the MME, we've removed the 30-year-old from our Injury Report. Sat, Oct 10, 2015 03:31:00 AM

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In an update written by Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press, Anthony Kim remains on the mend following a series of injuries over the last few years.

It's been just over a year since Sports Illustrated chronicled AK's well-being and whereabouts, but the golfer himself wasn't quoted in that story, which cited insurance protection well into eight figures if he didn't play golf again. "I paid well into the mid-six figures for the policy," Kim told the AP. "[The carrier] 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." Simply, his body isn't yet ready for the PGA TOUR. "I'm going to step away from the game for a little while and get my body pieced together. ... 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." Whenever/If he returns, Kim will have 16 starts on a Major Medical Extension to earn $613,550 and retain status.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Anthony Kim remains sidelined indefinitely and may be wrestling with a financial dilemma, according to Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck, who wrote an article on the golfer for the Sept. 22 edition of the magazine.

Shipnuck wove new reporting with quotes from old interviews in an attempt to piece AK's mystery together. Injuries, a philosophical disconnect with the PGA TOUR and the absence of a fit socially among members all contribute to Kim's disappearance, but perhaps the most relevant issue concerns an insurance policy that would reportedly pay him nearly $20 million for never hitting another golf ball in sanctioned competition. None of Kim's quotes are recent, so all of these angles as it relates to Kim's mindset today amounts to aggregate conjecture. If he returns, he'll be armed with a Major Medical Extension with 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status, but those numbers are mere formalities when compared to the saga that has so many golf fans and gamers scratching their heads.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 03:07:00 PM's John Hawkins connected with Anthony Kim's agent, Clarke Jones, on Sunday, but the meeting did little to move the needle in terms of if/when the three-time PGA TOUR winner will return to competition.

This week's Wells Fargo Championship marks the two-year anniversary of AK's last appearance in a PGA TOUR event. Injuries prevented him from playing from which he has a Major Medical Extension with 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status, but the incessant swirling of rumors have consumed the narrative for a while now. As for an idea of when we'll see Kim again, Jones said, "I’m hopeful it will be in 2014. Anything other than that is a guess, and I don’t like to guess. He’s a marvelous talent, but it has been a long time. There’s no denying that." Jones added that Kim isn't playing any golf, but he also ruled out the salacious rumors. "I can categorically deny that there has been any suspension," Jones said. "Nothing has been done by the PGA TOUR to prevent Anthony from returning. ... I’m going to go see him [in Texas] in a few weeks, and at that point, I’ll get a better definition of where he stands."
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 12:14:00 PM reported today that Anthony Kim is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser on Monday at Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The event is a nonprofit foundation created by family and friends of a local girl killed by an alleged drunk driver. Kim will be on hand to conduct a clinic for golfers in the tournament that is part of the fundraiser. It's likely that this isn't the only time he's participated in a community event in the recent past, but this is the first published news on him in some time. Rotoworld was informed by his management firm last March that he was hoping to compete again in "mid to late summer," but it didn't happen. He hasn't played sanctioned golf since the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship due to injuries in his right elbow and left forearm. He then sat out a year after having surgery to repair the Achilles tendon in his left leg. Whenever he returns to the PGA TOUR, he'll have 16 starts on a Major Medical Extension to earn $613,550 and retain status. The three-time winner will turn 29 years of age on June 19.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Because he didn't commit to this week's Wyndham Championship, Anthony Kim will go the entire 2013 season without competing on the PGA TOUR.

Golf's top mystery is where Anthony Kim has disappeared. IMG told Rotoworld in late March that he was hoping to return to competition in "mid to late summer, but nothing has been determined yet." The golfer hasn't pegged it since withdrawing from the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. He then underwent surgery on his left leg (Achilles tendon) after dealing with injuries to his left forearm and right elbow. He has a Major Medical Extension (16 starts to earn $613,550) and may qualify to compete in the Tour Finals. If he doesn't, the soonest we'd see him again is when the PGA TOUR cranks up again in October for the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 08:24:00 PM

In an email from a representative of Anthony Kim's management firm, IMG, Rotoworld has learned that the golfer is still on track to return to competition in a few months.

The email from Dave Haggith regarding AK reads as follows: "He’s progressing well with his rehab from the Achilles injury, and the original timetable given to him was 12 months, so we hope he’s in a position to come back in mid to late summer, but nothing has been determined yet." Kim had surgery on his left leg on June 30 last year. At the time, he was recovering from injuries to his left forearm and right elbow. He has a Major Medical Extension affording 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status. If he returns this season and doesn't secure his card for 2013-14, the MME will carry over. Still, there's no reason for him to rush back, so don't be surprised if he goes the full 12 months before seeing him back inside the ropes.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 11:43:00 AM

Anthony Kim will enter 2013 on a Major Medical Extension.

AK's disappointing 2012 season was cut short in July when he injured the Achilles tendon in his left leg while sprinting. He was already shelved with problems in his left forearm and right elbow, but he required surgery on his leg. The prognosis called for 9-12 months of recovery, so the window opens for a return as early as March 2013. However, with a compressed schedule, don't be surprised if Kim takes his time to resume competing. Whenever he does, he'll have 16 starts on the medical to earn $613,550 and retain status.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 01:32:00 PM

Anthony Kim will be out of action for as much as an additional year due to an injury to his Achilles, according to Steve Elling on Twitter.

Elling wrote: "IMG confirms that former Ryder Cup star Anthony Kim blew out left Achilles training, has had surgery, and will be sidelined 9-12 months."'s Ryan Ballengee later tweeted that the golfer had surgery on June 30. AK was already on the mend for injuries in his right elbow and left forearm. Given today's news, even leagues in which dropping AK would offer a tasty morsel for your competition to protect entering 2013 can do so comfortably without concern. Kim would likely fly through waivers. SECOND UPDATE: added that Kim injured the Achilles tendon in his left leg while sprinting in San Diego. He will wear a boot for four months.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 04:57:00 PM

Anthony Kim will take the next four or five months to rest injuries to his left forearm and right elbow.

This latest unplanned sabbatical stems from the incident at the Valero Texas Open where he struck a rock during his opening round, forcing him to withdraw after 14 holes. "I’m obviously disappointed because I’ve been fighting to get my game back on the right track and having an injury hold me back is frustrating," Kim said in a statement. "I’ve been through this process before, though, and know that you have to put in your work with treatments to get healthy. That will be my focus for the next four or five months so I’m in a position to return healthy towards the end of the year and be fully ready for 2013." He's not expected to have surgery. Given that he's not yet exempt for next year, the length of his anticipated break coincides with the minimum four-month requirement to qualify for the Major Medical Extension. Kim hopes to return in the Fall Series, but would assumingly be eligible for the MME if he doesn't earn his card after the FedExCup Playoffs.
Mon, May 21, 2012 10:12:00 AM

Anthony Kim withdrew prior to his second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, citing an injury to his right wrist.

He was scheduled to go off the first tee at 7:50 a.m. ET. This is AK's third straight WD, and it's not a surprise. "I couldn’t be more disappointed to have to withdraw from this event," he said in a statement. "I've tried to play through the injuries but I know from experience that it will only make matters worse. I’m going to get it looked at and do what I need to do to get back to full health."
Fri, May 4, 2012 09:38:00 AM

Anthony Kim settled for a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

The 2008 champ at Quail Hollow has been dogged by an injury to his right elbow. Since he's yet fully exempt beyond 2012, every round carries inflated value. Unfortunately, today's effort was disappointing yet again. He found only three (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, and would trade four birdies for six bogeys to finish nine strokes off the clubhouse lead. AK's secret weapon is a propensity to light a fire without a moment's notice. Given how low scores were today, he'll need a round in the 60s on Friday to make the cut.
Thu, May 3, 2012 06:36:00 PM

Anthony Kim is listed in the published field of next week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Despite this news, continue to hold your breath. Furthermore, nothing new has been reported on Kim's injury in his right elbow. He's a former champ at Quail Hollow (2008) and has logged a top 10 before and after that victory, but by no means is he a suggestible fantasy investment in the short-term.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 06:04:00 PM

Anthony Kim has been removed from the published field of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

No additional news has surfaced since it was reported that one MRI revealed a strained tendon in his right elbow. Needless to say, remain hands off for the foreseeable future.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 02:25:00 PM

Anthony Kim is listed in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

There's quite a bit of time between today's commitment deadline and the opening round, so don't get too excited about him appearing in the field. Surely, more information will be released on the condition of his right elbow in the coming days.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 06:22:00 PM