AKRON, Ohio – Until Tuesday afternoon, Anthony Kim had played no holes of golf since undergoing surgery May 5 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Zero holes. Zip. Nada. But he nonetheless will play this week in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he said, in preparation for next week’s PGA Championship.
Kim said he has hit balls for 12 days and putted one-handed the last month. Besides rehabbing, he bought a new dog and spent about a month hanging out at home with his mother.
“It was nice being home, not worrying about the golf world and coming out fresh,” Kim said.
He said he will swing at full speed this week but so far hasn’t on the range. “It didn’t feel like it,” he said. “It didn’t seem like I had as much pop, but they’ve gone straight.”
Kim said his main golf concern remains the same–he worries about making bad decisions. As for any effect his thumb might have on his game, he said, “Everything golfwise seems it will be there.”
The young American star doesn’t watch much televised golf, but he did notice that there were two 59s on the PGA Tour within the same month.
“I guess everybody’s gotten a lot better since I’ve been away,” Kim cracked.