Anthony Kim

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Anthony Kim
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Anthony Ha-Jin Kim
Nickname A.K. [1]
Born (1985-06-19) June 19, 1985 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Career
College Oklahoma
(three years)
Turned professional 2006
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2007)
European Tour (joined 2009)
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 3rd: 2010
U.S. Open T16: 2009
The Open Championship T5: 2011
PGA Championship T50: 2007

Anthony Ha-Jin Kim (born June 19, 1985) is an American professional golfer.

Amateur career[edit]

A Korean American, Kim was born in Los Angeles, California and resides in Dallas, Texas. He attended La Quinta High School in La Quinta, California. After high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma for three years; this is where he met his caddie, Brodie Flanders. He was part of the winning USA team in the 2005 Walker Cup.

Professional career[edit]

Kim turned professional in 2006 and after receiving a sponsor's exemption he finished in a tie for second on his PGA Tour debut at the 2006 Valero Texas Open. He earned his PGA Tour card through the qualifying school for the 2007 season. He made a strong start and broke into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings in May 2007 with four top 10 finishes during his rookie season on the PGA Tour. In the 2007 U.S. Open, he shot a final round 67 earning him a tie for 20th place (he started the day at T57). His 67 was the lowest for the round and second lowest for the tournament.

In May 2008, Kim won his first PGA Tour tournament at the Wachovia Championship, defeating former British Open champion Ben Curtis by five shots. Kim's 16-under par 272 total is the lowest score in the tournament's history. He shot an opening day 70, but rallied for subsequent rounds of 67-66-69 and was several shots clear of Curtis most of the final round. He earned $1,152,000 for his victory, and reached a new career high of 16th in the world rankings.[2][3]

In July 2008, Kim won his second PGA Tour tournament at the AT&T National, defeating Fredrik Jacobson by two shots. Kim shot a 5 under 65 in the fourth round to capture the title. The victory was especially meaningful because the tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods. Furthermore, Kim became the first American under 25 to win twice in one year on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods in 2000. This win moved him to 14th in the World Rankings.[4] A pair of T-3 finishes in the final two 2008 FedEx Cup events pushed him to 6th in the World Rankings. He has spent over 20 weeks in the top-10 since 2008.[5]

In September 2008, Kim was a critical part of the United States' victory in the Ryder Cup, defeating Ryder Cup veteran Sergio García 5 & 4 in the first match of the Sunday single matches. Later that year he joined the European Tour for the 2009 season, making his debut as a member at the 2008 HSBC Champions, the first tournament of the 2009 season. He is expected to continue to play mainly in the United States.

At the 2009 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia at Augusta National Golf Club, Kim set the record for most birdies in a round with eleven in the second round, surpassing Nick Price, who had ten birdies in 1986.

At the 2009 Presidents Cup, Kim posted an impressive 3–1 record, which included a 5 and 3 victory over Robert Allenby in the Sunday singles match.

Kim lost to Ross Fisher in the finals of the Volvo World Match Play in October 2009 4 & 3 after once again beating Robert Allenby in the semi-finals.

On April 4, 2010, Kim won the Shell Houston Open, beating Vaughn Taylor in a playoff. He became only the fifth player in 30 years to have won three times on the PGA Tour before the age of 25, the others being Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio García and Adam Scott.[6] An injury hampered most of the rest of the 2010 season for Kim, and he failed to qualify for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Kim also participated in the fourth episode of the second season of Shaq Vs., which aired on August 24, 2010. In the episode, Kim teamed up with Shaquille O'Neal against fellow golf pro Bubba Watson and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley in a five-hole match. Team Shaq won in sudden death with O'Neal making the winning twenty-five foot putt.

In June 2012, Kim had surgery after injuring the Achilles tendon in his left leg and was expected to miss 9 to 12 months.[7] Kim was eligible for the 2013 season on a Major Medical Exemption, but has failed to play a single tournament since.[8][9]

In April 2014, Golf Channel reported that Kim no longer plays golf, even on a recreational level.[10] In the event that Kim chooses to play on the PGA Tour again, he would have 16 starts and $613,550 to regain his Tour card. Since his exemption started in 2012, FedEx Cup points do not apply.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 May 4, 2008 Wachovia Championship 70-67-66-69=272 –16 5 strokes United States Ben Curtis
2 Jul 6, 2008 AT&T National 67-67-69-65=268 –12 2 strokes Sweden Fredrik Jacobson
3 Apr 4, 2010 Shell Houston Open 68-69-69-70=276 –12 Playoff United States Vaughn Taylor

Other wins[edit]

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Starts Cuts made Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10 Top 25 Earnings ($) Money list rank
2006 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 338,067 (non-member)
2007 26 20 0 0 1 4 10 1,545,195 60
2008 22 19 2 1 3 8 10 4,656,265 6
2009 22 17 0 1 2 3 8 1,972,155 39
2010 14 10 1 1 1 4 6 2,574,921 24
2011 26 14 0 0 0 2 7 1,085,846 87
2012 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 33,960 232
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Career* 122 84 3 4 7 22 43 12,206,409 116

* Complete through the 2013–14 season.

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T20 3 CUT
U.S. Open T20 T26 T16 DNP T54
The Open Championship DNP T7 CUT DNP T5
PGA Championship T50 T55 T51 CUT CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tie
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Totals 0 0 1 2 3 6 15 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2007 U.S. Open – 2009 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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