Anthony Ha-Jin Kim (born June 19, 1985) is an American professional golfer with three PGA Tour wins, a Ryder Cup, and Presidents Cup to his credit, but has not played a PGA Tour event since an injury in 2012.
|Full name||Anthony Ha-Jin Kim|
|Born||June 19, 1985|
Los Angeles, California
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|Residence||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 2007)|
European Tour (joined 2009)
|Highest ranking||6 (September 28, 2008)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||3rd: 2010|
|PGA Championship||T50: 2007|
|U.S. Open||T16: 2009|
|The Open Championship||T5: 2011|
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Amateur wins
- 4 Professional wins (4)
- 5 PGA Tour career summary
- 6 Results in major championships
- 7 U.S. national team appearances
- 8 Media work
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
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 was the lowest score in the tournament's history until 2015. 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.
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. 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.
In September 2008, Kim was a critical part of the United States' victory in the Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club, 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.
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.
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. An injury hampered most of the rest of the 2010 season for Kim, and he failed to qualify for the 2010 Ryder Cup.
In June 2012, Kim had surgery after injuring the Achilles tendon in his left leg and was expected to miss 9 to 12 months. Kim was eligible for the 2013 season on a Major Medical Exemption, but has failed to play a single tournament since.
In April 2014, Golf Channel reported that Kim no longer plays golf, even on a recreational level. In 2016, Kim played in a number of charity events, but says he is not ready to play professionally again. He also cited ongoing physical therapy and numerous surgeries as the reasons for delaying his return.
According to an April 2019 golf.com article, during an encounter with a fan in West Hollywood, CA, Kim referred to his golf game as "non-existent".
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- 2004 Northeast Amateur
Professional wins (4)Edit
PGA Tour wins (3)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||May 4, 2008||Wachovia Championship||70-67-66-69=272||–16||5 strokes||Ben Curtis|
|2||Jul 6, 2008||AT&T National||67-67-69-65=268||–12||2 strokes||Fredrik Jacobson|
|3||Apr 4, 2010||Shell Houston Open||68-69-69-70=276||–12||Playoff||Vaughn Taylor|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2010||Shell Houston Open||Vaughn Taylor||Won with par on first extra hole|
- 2009 Kiwi Challenge
PGA Tour career summaryEdit
|Year||Starts||Cuts made||Wins||2nd||3rd||Top 10||Top 25||Earnings ($)||Money list rank|
* Complete through the 2017–18 season.
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||T7||CUT||T5|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tie
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||2||2||3||2|
- 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 appearancesEdit
Kim 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.
- "Week 39 2008 Ending 28 Sep 2008" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
- iht.com/articles, Sunday's Sports in Brief
- "Week 18 – Twenty Two Year Old Anthony Kim Wins the Wachovia Championship and Moves to World Number 16". Official World Golf Ranking. May 5, 2008.
- "Week 27 – 23 Year-old Anthony Kim Wins the AT&T National and Climbs to World Number 14". Official World Golf Ranking. July 7, 2008.
- "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986". European Tour Official Guide 09 (PDF) (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
- "Anthony Kim wins Shell Houston Open in play-off with Vaughn Taylor". The Guardian. April 5, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- "Kim has surgery, out 9-12 months". July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- Shipnuck, Alan (September 17, 2014). "Anthony Kim, MIA Since 2012, Wrestles With Whether To Tee It Up Again or Reap an Eight-Figure Disability Settlement". Golf.com.
- Porter, Kyle (September 17, 2014). "Is insurance policy paying Anthony Kim $20M to stay off PGA Tour?". CBS Sports.
- Hawkins, John (April 28, 2014). "Hawk's Nest: Anthony Kim, where have you gone?". Golf Channel.
- Anthony Kim spotted at another charity event
- Anthony Kim surfaces in West Hollywood, says golf game is ‘non-existent’