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December 18, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Anthony Kim won't return from Achilles surgery until March

Posted at 12:10 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Anthony Kim, Truth & Rumors


Kim at the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2012. (Kohjiro Kinno/SI)

Following an Achilles injury in June that led to surgery, the once-promising American star Anthony Kim won't be playing competitive golf again until March at the earliest, according to The Desert Sun.

At just age 27, Kim's career has had incredible highs, like his debut Tour win at the Wachovia and a starring role on the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup squad in 2008; and lows, like his chronic injuries and murmurs that his Entourage-like lifestyle was holding back his golf game. Here's where Kim is now, according to The Sun:

Kim always said stories of his partying were overblown at best, wrong at worst. In 2009, he didn’t win but had three top-three finishes. He added a third win at the Shell Houston Open in 2010 and was third in the Masters. But a torn ligament in his left thumb forced him to have surgery a few weeks after the Masters, and he didn’t do much when he returned. He drifted through an average 2011, then got hot at the end of the year and played very well in Asia in the fall. He was excited at the start of 2012, ready to hit the tour full bore and win again. But he made just two cuts in his first 10 starts before announcing he would take time off to allow tendonitis in his thumb to heal properly.

What most people don’t know is the report that last June Kim injured his Achilles tendon while running near his Dallas home. Surgery was reportedly performed, and the recovery time was said to be nine to 12 months. That means Kim likely won’t be seen on tour again until March at the earliest.

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