After 13 years, a potential Anthony Kim return stirs the golf world


La Quinta High School graduate Anthony Kim reacts to his caddie after making eagle at the 509-yard par 5 eighthth hole on the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West in 2012 The American Express. Kim is rumored to be interested in a golf comeback after no playing fort 13 years.

Here are a few things you might want to know about Anthony Kim as rumors of a golf comeback for AK, on some tour at some time soon, swirl about.

First, he’s the best junior golfer to ever come out of the Coachella Valley. Kim won his CIF-Southern Section Individual title in 2001 when he was a sophomore at La Quinta High School. He was done with high school golf after that year, instead focusing on his future career in golf.

Kim was brilliant at every level of golf he ever played. He was the newcomer of the year for the Big 12 his freshman season for the University of Oklahoma. He was the team’s No. 1 player as a junior, the year he left to play professionally. In the next few weeks, he finished second in the 2006 Valero Texas Open.

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He was known as a stickler for the rules of the game, not one to give a two-footer in even a recreational round. He had confidence in his game to burn. But he was never one to embrace the tour lifestyle, telling me once in an interview at the Old Bob Hope Classic that he almost quit the game after his rookie year because he disliked the tour life so much.



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