Injured Kim expects to be sidelined until October

Anthony Kim

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Anthony Kim expects to be out of action until October because of a right-elbow injury and tendinitis in his left forearm. He injured the elbow after striking a rock in the first round of the Valero Texas Open.

Kim’s last start came at the Wells Fargo Championship, where he withdrew for a third consecutive event. He was examined by Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic following the tournament. Kim will use the time off to undergo treatment and rehabilitation. Surgery is not expected. Graham also reconstructed Kim’s left thumb two years ago. The thumb was not injured in the recent incident.

“I’m obviously disappointed because I’ve been fighting to get my game back on the right rack 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 heathy towards the end of the year and be fully ready for 2013.”

Kim was struggling before the injury. He made just two cuts in eight starts before the Texas Open, earning just $33,960. Kim, a three-time PGA Tour winner, last won at the 2010 Shell Houston Open. He finished 87th on last year’s money list, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the Open Championship, then had a good run in Asia during the offseason. He was third at the Asian Tour’s CJ Invitational and Barclays Singapore Open and lost a playoff to Rory McIlroy at the Shanghai Masters.

Kim, 26, has fallen to 157th in the Official World Golf Ranking after reaching a career-high ranking of sixth in 2008.

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