Category: Anthony Kim

December 18, 2012

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

Posted at 12:10 PM by Samantha Glover


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.

May 30, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Watch the Golf Boys at Bubba Bash

Posted at 11:49 AM by Mike Walker

They're back!

The Golf Boys -- the "musical" group of Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson -- performed their hit "Oh, Oh, Oh" Tuesday night at Bubba Bash in Columbus, Ohio.

Watson's Bubba Bash is a Christian rap concert that raises money for a medical clinic in Kenya.

5-year-old makes hole-in-one in Wisconsin
Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel posts an item that will make you laugh or cry, depending on how long you've waited for your first ace:

YOUNG ACE: Max Frieseke of Glendale smacked a drive and watched his ball soar toward the green, bounce onto it and roll into the cup for a hole-in-one. Good for him, but what's the big deal? Well, Max is 5 years old and is finishing K-4 at Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay. He used the driver from his starter set to ace the 53-yard third hole at Lake Park Golf Course while playing recently with his parents, Bob and Beth Frieseke. "Beth and I were going crazy," Bob said. "We were more excited about it than Max was. In his mind, he thought it was like a hole-in-one in mini-golf."

Montgomerie might set his sights on the 'senior grand slam'
After failing to qualify for this year's U.S. Open, 49-year-old Colin Montgomerie said he might turn his attention to the 'senior grand slam' when he turns 50 next June, according to Martin Dempster of The Scotsman.

“I may as well come clean and say I am tempted by the idea of a ‘senior grand slam’,” admitted the eight-time European No 1. “A tall order, I know, but golfing dreams are not solely the preserve of the young.

“I turn 50 a month ahead of the 2013 Senior Open and I will see how I enjoy the camaraderie that week. I’m beginning to suspect I will like it a lot. I will be in the class of ’63 that includes Vijay Singh and Davis Love."

Montgomerie is our choice for best player to never win a major -- sorry, Luke -- and we look forward to seeing him on the senior tour.

UPDATE: Tiger's niece to play in Wegmans LPGA Championship reports that Tiger Woods's niece Cheyenne Woods will make her debut as a professional at the Wegmans LPGA Championship on June 7.

Cheyenne Woods, a recent Wake Forest graduate, will play her first tournament as a professional June 7-10 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. It’s the second major of the LPGA season.

Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, will play Wegmans on a sponsor exemption. She also played this event in 2009 as an amateur but missed the cut. That was her first start in a professional tournament.

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May 21, 2012

Report: Anthony Kim to miss 4-5 months with wrist and elbow injuries

Posted at 1:47 PM by

Anthony Kim's miserable season is getting even worse, as's Brian Wacker reports that the three-time PGA Tour-winner will miss 4-5 months after hitting a rock while playing out of the rough in his opening round at TPC San Antonio last month.

He will undergo treatment and rehabilitation for the injuries and hopes to be back in time to play the Fall Series. Surgery is not expected to be needed.

"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.”

Kim was examined by Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic — the same doctor who reconstructed his left thumb two years ago — following his withdrawal from the Wells Fargo Championship.

This marks the second time in the last two years Kim will miss significant time due to injury.

It's the latest blow in an almost stunningly poor season for the 26-year-old, who in 10 events has rung up four missed cuts, three WDs and one DQ. Larry Bohannen of the Palm Springs Desert-Sun has more on Kim's future.

But the four or five months Kim will take off now still doesn’t explain why he has played so poorly the rest of this season after a strong finish to the 2011 season. Before the Texas Open, Kim had played eight tournament, made two cuts, withdrawn from one tournament and been disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

The injury and the rehab from it (there is no surgery planned) will take Kim out of tournaments for a while. The question now is what will be look like when he comes back. Will he be the player who battled Rory McIlroy in Asia in a playoff last fall, the player who was a Ryder Cup hero in 2009, or the player who couldn’t seem to make a cut this year?

For now, we’ll go with “Kim has an injured right wrist and elbow,” and go from there.

January 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke gives up alcohol to focus on 2012 season

Posted at 12:53 PM by Jeff Ritter

Darren Clarke has never been known to turn down a pint. But now Ryan Ballengee at Golf Talk Central reports that 2011 British Open champion has given up alcohol in an effort to back up is 2011 British Open title with a strong season in 2012.

“My golf career has been extended somewhat by winning the Open Championship, and I just thought that enough is enough, and it was time to get myself into better shape,” Clarke wrote on his blog this week.

Clarke has hired Belfast-based trainer Jonny Bloomfield to get him back into shape. Bloomfield came at the recommendation of Lee Westwood’s trainer, Steve MacGregor.

The Ulsterman has shelved the Guinness with the hope of a great 2012 season, which begins this week in South Africa at the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt.

“Therefore, my alcohol consumption is taking a massive dint...currently down to zero! However, no pain, no gain, and I'm very excited about the route that we're going down - it's a long road, but I will give it my best shot,” he wrote.

Can this New Year's resolution possibly last? Stay tuned.

Kim ready to think less, play better in 2012
One of the more intriguing debuts this week at the Humana Challenge is that of 26-year-old Anthony Kim, who is coming off a disappointing season and is currently ranked 84th in the world. Kim told the press that a late-season surge in 2011 was driven not by mechanics but by a clear head, which he hopes to carry into 2012.

Q. You talked about what a difficult year last year was, was there a particular turning point and also anybody that helped you a lot in the learning process?
After Deutsche Bank, golf was so frustrating I didn't know where the ball was going. And I didn't know whether to go grind and practice or whether to take time off or whether to just put it away until the Humana tournament came around in Palm Springs and take three months off.

So I took a month off, I started practicing the day before I left for Asia, practiced in L.A. for one day, got on a plane, went to Korea, hit the ball as good as I've hit it all year.

And then went and played in China at the Shanghai Masters, and my game held up. I didn't know what to expect, but my game held up.

And I took a week off in Bali and didn't touch a club again, just kind of vacationed there and tried to think about what I could do to get better. And I realized that if I just let it go, my natural ability will take over and I'll be able to get the ball in the hole. That's what I'm good at. I need to just let it go, be free, and that's how I play my best golf. Some people need to think more, some people say I need to chip better, I need do this. I just need to let it go and be free. So that's what I'm going to be doing this year and hopefully it will work out and hopeful three will start this week.

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October 18, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Herman Cain says he was joking about 'Tiger for President'

Posted at 11:38 AM by Michael Chwasky

Most people probably don't remember, but Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said back in 2006 that Tiger Woods should get ready for a run for president himself in 2016: 

"Tiger will be 40 years old in 2016," Cain wrote. "The Republican Party should begin grooming him now for a run at the White House. His personal attributes and accomplishments on the golf course point to a candidate who will be a problem solver, not a politician."

Sounds like Cain might have jumped the gun a bit, and now he's trying to play it off as a joke in an interview with Alex Pappas of The Daily Caller. He responded to questions about his Tiger advice by saying, "That was a joke. That was a joke, okay? Americans got to learn how to have a sense of humor, okay?"

Okay, Cain, but back in '06 you not only thought Tiger would be a good candidate but compared him to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Ronald Reagan, and also said something like, "The 2016 candidate shouldn't come from inside the beltway, but from inside the fairway." 

Good stuff, and good luck in the next election, okay? 

Mickelson and McDowell headed to Singapore
There's been quite a bit of talk lately about more big golf events being played in Asia, and if the Barclays Singapore Open is any indication, it seems players will be a lot more likely to make the lengthy trip in search of not just appearance fees but actual winnings. The event, which will be co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours, respectively, will offer a purse of $6 million and will sport a large field headlined by Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Y.E. Yang, Padraig Harrington, Anthony Kim, and Camilo Villegas.  



January 21, 2011

Alan Shipnuck's Mailbag: Love is plenty dynamic, it's time for young Americans to step up, and prospects for next book

Posted at 12:10 PM by Alan Shipnuck

Jan21-davis-love_300x233 The season gets serious now. I'll be covering three tourneys in a row beginning in San Diego, so expect some dispatches from the mean streets of La Jolla, Scottsdale and Pebble Beach ...

Who's more dynamic, Davis Love or Cory Pavin? lol... — Dave A., New York
I get the sarcasm, but Love will have more of a rally-the-troops effect than his flat-lined predecessor. He's a much more popular figure in the clubhouse and on the range because he's a schmoozer and a guy's guy, forever chatting about snowboarding or hunting or fishing or course design or his other interests and hobbies. Love's placid demeanor as a competitor is deceptive; he cares deeply. That was obvious with his teary introductory press conference during which he showed more passion than during Pavin's entire glum, two-year reign. Love also has just enough of a mischievous streak to start a little ruckus with the British press, which is a key bit of entertainment for any Ryder Cup.

What's with 7 of world's top 12 in Abu Dhabi this week? Love of appearance fees or hatred of pro-ams like Hope? —Bert Stewart, Philadelphia

When will the young Americans (O'Hair, AK, Mahan) step up the way the young Europeans have and become consistent winners? — Brian Rosenwald
Maybe never, but let's hope that's not the case. The Euro tour created so much buzz last year with the stellar performances of its top players, but the fact remains that there is much more depth on the PGA Tour. By playing mostly in Europe, talented youngsters like Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer get a lot more chances to win early in their careers. They bank invaluable experience learning to manage their emotions and their games under pressure. Also the money is a lot less so finishing fourth doesn't feel as good. On the PGA Tour young players have to fight so hard for just a couple of chances to win. I think they get seduced into thinking a top-10 is a satisfactory result. I think Mahan and Kim and O'Hair are finally at a point in their careers where they understand a lucrative tie for sixth is not good enough. They've been through enough Sunday dogfights now to know what it takes to win. It takes longer over here, but the best players eventually figure it out. We'll see who among them can apply that knowledge.

Is Anthony Kim overrated? Three wins and 20 career top 10's is hardly compelling. — Anthony Iser
To this point Kim has gotten a pass based on his youth and tantalizing potential, but it's time for him to put up or shut up. I understand he's 25 and wants to have fun and chase tail—hey, the Mailbag can't begrudge him that. But there's 27 weeks a year for that, when he's not playing a tournament. Last night, following the second round of the Hope, I got a text from a friend in Palm Springs who wrote, "AK and his entourage are here at the bar hitting it pretty hard." Until he takes his life on the road more seriously, I fear we won't see Kim's best golf. Correction: Anthony Kim is not playing the Bob Hope this week, so the Mailbag fully endorses his night on the town in Palm Springs.

I read "Swinging from my Heels" a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I read "Bud, Sweat and Tees" years ago and enjoyed that also. So, who will you next stalk for a year? Can I suggest G-Mac? I suspect that would be pretty darned entertaining! — Mark Limbaugh
Clearly Mark is a very discerning reader. It's funny you'd mention G-Mac because I'm presently trying to arrange a trip to Portrush to hang out with him and his mates for an SI story. To understand a guy like McDowell you have to see him in his native environment. Anyway, I've always loved the Euro tour. I think spending a year over there writing about the players and their madcap adventures would make a killer book. Alas, it's tough to pull it off with little kids. But you can look forward to my chronicle of the 2026 season over there.


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November 08, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Anthony Kim disputes wild night in Vegas

Posted at 11:59 AM by Mike Walker

Anthony Kim finished T25 at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in his first appearance since his controversial withdrawal from the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after reports of a wild night in Las Vegas. He told the Golf Channel's Andrew Both that his surgically repaired thumb is feeling better.

“This is the first week I’ve hit it well since I’ve been back,” Kim told after a 2-under-par 70 left him 13 strokes from the third-round lead at Sheshan on Saturday. “I’m starting to hit my driver as far as I used to, so I’m looking forward to future success. “I have another month of rehab to go but the doctor says I’m looking good. I feel I’m about 85-90 percent there.”

Kim also disputed reports that had him yelling at craps tables and spraying the dance floor with high-priced champagne at a nightclub during the week of the Tour's Las Vegas stop.

“I didn’t even feel like I needed to defend myself, they were so outrageous,” Kim said of the reports. “I can’t do anything about it now and they’re going to say what they want to say.”

Francesco Molinari says facing Tiger was good preparation for HSBC win

Francesco Molinari won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai by going head-to-head with World No. 1 Lee Westwood. Afterward Molinari said that playing former No. 1 Tiger Woods in singles at the Ryder Cup helped prepare him for facing down Westwood. (Woods beat Molinari 4 & 3).

It's been four fantastic days, and especially the last two playing head-to-head with Lee was really tough.

I think the experience of playing with Tiger in The Ryder Cup definitely helped me in the last couple of days, because when -- obviously they are different players, but when you are playing against the No. 1 in the world, it is not easy to always stick to the game plan and do your own game.

Sergio Garcia says he's re-energized after soccer sabbatical

He’s looking to reclaim his place in the game at the Australian Masters after a difficult 2010. Yup, Sergio Garcia has his work cut out for him. However, Garcia told the Australian media that his soccer-playing sabbatical this fall helped him regain his passion and energy for golf, according to The Australian Age newspaper.

''It was something that I needed to do, mainly because I'd just been playing so much, not only as a professional but before as an amateur, too,'' the 30-year-old said. ''I just felt like I needed a little bit of recharging the batteries.''

He feels like the experience has been positive. ''I've definitely thought about a lot of things, learned a lot about myself,'' he said. ''I always enjoy life away from golf. I love life with golf, but I think one of the reasons why I love golf is because I have so many things going on in my life outside of golf, and those things help me get back to golf stronger. I feel fortunate in that way. I have really enjoyed those two months.''

Garcia also made some headlines Down Under for pointing out the obvious, that Tiger Woods does not have the same aura he brought to this tournament last year.

''Maybe not as much,'' Garcia said yesterday, when asked if defending champion Tiger Woods was as fearsome a foe as he was a year ago, when No. 1 ranking and reputation were both intact.

Perhaps pointedly, Garcia dodged an invitation to anoint Woods as ''the man to beat'' this week, saying only ''he's one of them."

Allenby paired with Tiger at Aussie Masters instead of amateur

Australian golfer Robert Allenby thought it would be great if Tiger Woods was paired with the top Australian amateur at the Australian Masters in Melbourne this week, but instead Allenby got the Tiger draw, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

[Allenby said] at last week's WGC event in Shanghai that it would be a waste to give the opportunity to seasoned players like him who play with Woods quite often on the US PGA Tour.

"It would be an awesome thing for the No.1 amateur," Allenby said. "For Australian golf, that's what they need to do."

But the organizers -- IMG and PGA Tour of Australasia -- on Monday announced Allenby and experienced West Australian pro Brett Rumford would play with Woods in the opening two rounds at the Victoria course on Thursday and Friday.

Scottish pro thanks girlfriend for supporting him

In pro sports, the guys at the top are celebrated so much that it’s easy to forget about the hundreds of players in that next tier just struggling to get into the next tournament. Which is why it was nice to hear Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey thank his girlfriend after his third-place finish at the HSBC Champions got him into the Euro Tour’s Dubai World Championship later this month, according to The Scotsman.

The Scot sealed his place in the 60-man field after finishing third behind Italian Francesco Molinari and world No 1 Lee Westwood in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

He's delighted his hard work in recent weeks has paid off in securing his top target for the year and says the support of his American girlfriend, Angela Hudinski, has been invaluable.

"She has two jobs and works really hard but still finds the time to support my golf," said Ramsay after picking up a £232,000 prize. "Hopefully she'll be able to come to Dubai as a little treat and a thank-you for all of the support she's given me."

Stray Shots: Stuff we saw while wondering if John Daly is going to sue the creators of the HBO series Eastbound & Down for stealing his life story.

Australian fans who heckle Tiger Woods will be booted from the course after one warning. (Via The Australian Herald Sun)

The family of superagent and IMG founder Mark McCormick donated his archives to UMass-Amherst. The archives include letters to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. (Via The Boston Globe)

Rickie Fowler committed to play in the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Fowler is just one stroke behind in the $1 million Kodak Challenge, the Bizarro World FedEx Cup, which consists of a player's best cumulative score on 18 of the 30 holes throughout the year. The Kodak hole at Disney’s Magnolia Course is the par-4 No. 17. (Via

October 22, 2010

Truth & Rumors: DiMarco thanks AK for spot in tournament

Posted at 11:37 AM by Mike Walker

Anthony Kim's withdrawal due to his "thumb injury" at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open had many questioning whether reports of Kim's partying in Las Vegas was the real reason behind the WD. However, Chris DiMarco knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth, according to Fox 5 News Las Vegas.

Kim had a 7 a.m. tee time Wednesday, the official word from the tournament director and the PGA tour is that Kim withdrew because of a thumb injury. His spot in the tournament was filled by tour veteran Chris DiMarco, who had a message for the no-show.

"I'd like to thank Anthony Kim for either staying out too late or gambling too much -- I don't know what it was -- I'm glad I got in," DiMarco said.

In other AK news, FoxSports Robert Lusitech has a must-read column on Kim's antics.

Anthony Kim is a train wreck, as he's proven yet again by pulling out of this week's Las Vegas Open.

Everyone on the PGA Tour knows Kim's an out-of-control party animal – or, as one multiple winner told me, "just a punk" – though only Robert Allenby has had the cajones to publicly call him out.

And that's just the lede...

Nicklaus says No. 1 ranking 'doesn't mean anything'
Add Jack Nicklaus to the millions of golf fans who don't understand the Official World Golf Rankings and really don't care. Nicklaus told The Palm Beach Post that the best player is decided on the course, not by computer calculations.

...Nicklaus never was ranked the world's No. 1 player because the computer rankings didn't exist until 1986 - the year of his last major championship win, at age 46.

Nicklaus doesn't feel like he missed out on anything because he can't figure out how the world rankings work.

"I don't think it means anything," Nicklaus said Wednesday. "How could it mean a lot? Tiger (Woods) is No. 1 and hasn't won a tournament all year. To me whoever is playing the best right now is the No. 1 player, not a bunch of computer rankings."

Mass. high School golfer DQ'd for wearing iPod
Auburn (Mass.) High School senior Matt Carville was disqualified from the Central Massachusetts Division golf tournament Tuesday for wearing an iPod during the last two holes of the match, according to The Worcester Telegram, costing his team the tournament and a chance to play in the state playoffs.

The Rockets shot 321 and edged Groton-Dunstable by three strokes at Highfields Golf and Country Club, but then had to toss out senior Matt Carville's 6-over 78 after he was disqualified for listening to his iPod during the final two holes.

A "Coaches and Players Responsibilities" rules sheet states, "No electronic devices (including cell phones) allowed on course (penalty disqualification)," and the rules sheet was read to coaches at an 8:30 a.m. meeting, according to tournament director Ron Spakauskas, who said he asked coaches to pass along the information to their players before they teed off.

"The rules are clear," he said. "No electronic devices are allowed. It was headphones connected to a device. They were reported. Both the coach and the player were notified, and they accepted the penalty."

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association defended the local rule against electronic devices in The Telegram on Thursday.

The MIAA rule, Spakauskas said, was put in place to avoid unnecessary distractions and speed up play. The rule — which also bans cell phones, cameras, texting devices and other music players — was included on a list of "Coaches and Players Responsibilities" distributed before Tuesday's event.

"We're doing everything we can to look out for the players' safety," Spakauskas said. "Obviously, this was a unique situation, but any player using an electronic device on the course potentially puts himself in a dangerous situation. That's what we're trying to avoid."

In the absence of a local rule, players are allowed to listen to music on an iPad during their round under Rule 14a as long as it doesn't communicate information (e.g., a recording from a swing coach) that would assist your play. In other words, there's no rule against looking like a jerk.

Stray Shots: Things we noticed while wondering when Justin Timberlake is going to put down the golf clubs and start making music again...

Arnold Palmer displayed that old magic at the Adminstaff Small Business Classic Pro-Am in Houston. (Via The Houston Chronicle)

Colin Montgomerie described his harrowing car accident near Glasgow on Thursday, and credited his car for saving him. Don't miss the cheeky headline. (Via The Scotland Daily Record)

Sergio Garcia consulted a "sophrologist," a European self-help expert, during his golf sabbatical. Garcia returned to professional play at the Castello Masters in Spain this week. (Via

October 20, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Anthony Kim withdraws after late night in Vegas

Posted at 6:25 PM by Steve Beslow

Anthony Kim may be leaving Las Vegas earlier than planned. After a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal described the young Tour star as a "loose cannon" who cursed up a storm at the craps tables, AK has officially withdrawn from the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, citing the thumb injury that sidelined him for most of this season.

When I asked Kim's agent about the extent of AK's thumb, which had apparently been been bothering him earlier in the week, IMG's Dave Haggith described it as part of the "recovery process."

Haggith also said that the incident at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino--where Kim was reportedly admonished for being loud and rowdy--has nothing to do with Kim's WD from the tournament.

"The two are completely unrelated," says Haggith, who also believes the media coverage of the incident at the Bellagio as been overblown. "He was being boisterous and he was asked to calm down and he was compliant."

Normally a story about a Tour player going out and having fun on a Monday night wouldn't make many headlines, but Kim has been in this position before. At the 2009 Presidents Cup, Robert Allenby referred to AK as the "current John Daly," saying that the then-24-year-old was up drinking until 4 a.m. the night before a match. Allenby later apologized, but the damage to Kim's reputation was already done.

Since then, however, Kim has largely avoided controversy, and was tearing up the ranks until his injury sidelined him earlier this season.

"One thing that [Anthony]'s been very smart about and that he's made clear is that he understands what's expected of him during tournaments," Haggith says, "It's different than his off-days, when he's on his own time."

The LVRJ story isn't the only one that describes Kim's "boisterous" Vegas nightlife, however. Palms Casino's DJ Exodus treated his followers to this tweet at 3:02 AM Tuesday morning:

Anthony Kim is an animal 115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with...

No word yet on whether or not Dom Perignon has been approved as a treatment for a torn thumb ligament, but I hear the clinical trials have been very encouraging.

Truth & Rumors: Anthony Kim 'loose cannon' in Vegas

Posted at 12:25 PM by Steve Beslow

Anthony Kim has promised to cut down on his partying ways, but apparently that doesn't mean he's going to become a homebody. AK is in Las Vegas for Justin Timberlake's tournament this week and, according to Norm Clarke of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the young Tour star is making his presence known...loudly.

Pro golfer Anthony Kim could use a lesson or two to brush up his gaming table etiquette.

His salty language and screaming was so bad that Kim, 25, was asked to tone it down Monday by Bellagio management.

"He is one loose cannon," said a dealer, who said Kim may have set a personal record for F-bombs while playing high-stakes craps over the weekend.

Kim and poker superstar Phil Ivey were seated at the same table on Friday, ordering cognac and high-end whiskey.

I'm going to give Kim the benefit of the doubt here for a couple of reasons: 1. These stories seem to always make a mountain out of a molehill. (I find it pretty hard to believe that Anthony Kim was the hardest cursing guy any Las Vegas dealer has ever seen...though I guess someone has to be.) 2. There's no way Phil Ivey is going to let anyone, even Anthony Kim, sully his reputation in Vegas. That would be like letting someone walk into your house and insult your children. Regardless, while it may not seem like it at first glance, this story is great news for the PGA Tour. Somebody actually recognized an American golfer out in the real world, and he isn't named Tiger or Phil!

Tiger's missing club

As we get closer to November, we get closer to the unthinkable--the one-year anniversary of Tiger Woods' last win. Since his two-stroke victory at the JBWere Australian Masters in 2009, Woods has been shut out, and Down Under legend Ian Baker-Finch thinks he knows why:

Ian Baker-Finch calls it the 15th club.

It's what made Tiger Woods arguably the greatest player the game has seen, allowing him to run roughshod over opponents for most of his career.

But according to Baker-Finch, Woods won't be armed with his 15th club when he returns to Australia in less than three weeks to defend the Masters.

"I think Tiger will come back to the same level of performance we have seen him at over the years -- I don't think it will take him long," Baker-Finch said.

"I don't think he will ever be the player he was before because he had a 15th club in the bag.

"He knew he was the best and he knew everyone else knew he was the best, and I think that was a big thing."

You can be sure that Tiger has his eye on the Australian Masters as an opportunity to bookend the worst year of his career (and possibly his life) with wins. I expect Woods to play like a man on fire--this tournament is about nothing but pride and honor for Tiger...oh, wait, I almost forgot the $3 million bribe appearance fee Woods gets just for showing up. Ok, maybe it's about pride, honor and a boatload of cash, but he's still going to be in it to win it.

IMG boss says he bet on Vijay, not against Tiger

The Daily Beast has a great story on a lawsuit filed by James Agate against his "friend," billionaire Teddy Forstmann, who is the head of talent agency giant IMG. I highly recommend reading the whole article, but the most intriguing plot line (for this blog at least) involves the accusation that Forstmann is a habitual gambler who has laid down millions of dollars over the years, including betting against his own client, Tiger Woods:

Forstmann, Agate says, had a massive and nasty gambling habit (wagering millions over the years), he was dipping into IMG company funds to pay off loses; Forstmann bet against IMG's clients, including Tiger Woods...

In terms of betting against Tiger Woods, one of IMG's biggest clients, Forstmann said he can disprove Agate allegation. Woods, he explained, was playing Vijay Singh at the Masters, and he placed a bet through Agate on Singh because Singh was a personal friend.

"This guy is making it sound like I'm betting against Tiger Woods," Forstmann said. "Vijay is my friend for many years and I bet maybe $5,000 on him winning the Masters. It was a 15, 20-to-1 shot and I would have felt like a genius if he won."

It's going to take quite a bit of wrangling before all of this is sorted out, so don't expect this story to go away for a while, especially because Forstmann is also accused of betting on tennis matches--including those between IMG clients Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Since gambling and tennis seem to be (at least we hope) a more lethal combination than gambling and golf, Forstmann may have a lot of explaining to do if this case makes its way to trial. Although, considering the suit also claims Forstmann (who has adopted two African children and is dating celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi) is a racist, you might want to take some of this with a healthy grain of salt.

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