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Who is Anthony Kim?

He spent more than a decade away from the game, but who is Anthony Kim? Check out our player profile on the American here…

 

Anthony Kim spent more than a decade away from the game, but remains one of the most talked about players in the sport. 

Kim was born in June 1985 in Los Angeles, and would go on to play at the University of Oklahoma, where he set the average scoring record during his time there. He also featured for the United States at the Walker Cup during his amateur career, helping the team win the 2005 edition. 

He turned professional after graduating, and immediately caused a stir, finishing T2 on his PGA Tour debut at the Valero Texas Open. He earned his card for the 2007 season, and would only have to wait 18 months before his first win. That came at the Wachovia Championship, with victories to follow at the AT&T National and the Shell Houston Open. He was a part of the winning American sides at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup at Valhalla and Harding Park, respectively.

Kim’s career continually rose until he started to suffer from a litany of injuries. Following surgery to repair an injured Achilles tendon in 2012, Kim never returned to the PGA Tour. He is believed to have had an insurance policy that would pay out if he suffered a career-ending injury. More than decade went by without seeing the American in the golfing world, but that changed when it was announced he would play in the LIV Golf League as an individual in the 2024 season.

Anthony Kim | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Anthony Ha-Jin Kim
Born: June 19, 1985
Nationality: United States
Residence: Dallas, Texas, United States

Career

College: University of Oklahoma
Turned Pro: 2006
Professional Wins: 4
Highest World Ranking: 6 – September 28, 2008

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – 3rd (2010)
PGA Championship – T50 (2007)
– US Open – T16 (2009)
Open Championship – T5 (2011)

Professional Wins – 4

2008 (2) – Wachovia Championship, AT&T National
2009 (1) – Kiwi Challenge
2010 (1) – Shell Houston Open

Anthony Kim | What’s In His Bag?

Having been a Nike player more than a decade ago, Kim seems to have switched over to the Titleist realm of golf clubs for the 2024 season. He has the TSR3 driver and TSR2 fairway woods, along with a pair of Vokey wedges. He is also using the Titleist Pro V1x ball. 

You can check out our full article on what’s in Anthony Kim’s bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Anthony Kim

When and where was Anthony Kim born?

Anthony Kim was born in June 1985 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He played from a young age, and would go on to play at the University of Oklahoma.

When did Anthony Kim turn professional?

The American turned professional in 2006 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. He finished in a tie for 2nd on his PGA Tour debut at the Valero Texas Open, before gaining his card for the 2007 season through Qualifying School.

How many professional titles has Anthony Kim won?

As of February 2024, he has won four times as a professional, with three of those coming on the PGA Tour. His maiden win came at the Wachovia Championship, and he also has victories at the AT&T National and the Shell Houston Open. 

Who is Anthony Kim dating?

Anthony Kim’s girlfriend is Sarah Thompson. The pair met in 2020 at a charity event and got together soon after.

Did you Know?

That Insurance Policy…

It has been well reported that Anthony Kim had an insurance policy that would pay him a decent sum if he suffered a career-ending injury. In June 2012, he had surgery to repair an injured Achilles tendon, and never played on the PGA Tour again. 

LIV Golf Return

12 years on from that surgery, it was announced that Kim would make his return to professional golf by making his debut in the LIV Golf League. The American played in the 2024 campaign as an individual player, not assigned to any team. 

USA Team Triple

Kim is part of a unique group of Americans to have featured on the winning side in the Walker Cup, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. 2005 saw him play for the United States in the sport’s leading amateur team competition. He then played in the Ryder Cup in 2008 as the USA beat Europe at Valhalla, before playing against the International team in the 2009 Presidents Cup.

Other Anthony Kim Articles

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A birdie, bogeys, and a shank: Breaking down Anthony Kim’s comeback

Anthony Kim joins LIV Golf after 12-year absence from professional game

What do you make of Anthony Kim’s comeback? Can he ever reach the highs of his first stint in the game? Let us know your thoughts with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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