Anthony Kim Proves He’s Most Definitely Not Washed With 7-Birdie Closing Round Of 65 At LIV Golf Hong Kong

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Not that anyone should’ve expected Anthony Kim to light the world of golf on fire after 12 years away from competition, but he did get off to a rather discouraging start while knocking off the rust in his first handful of rounds.

However, Kim maintained that he was making steady improvements, and over the course of three days at LIV Golf Hong Kong, he steadily improved from a 76 opening round, to a 72 in Round 2, and then came up huge with a five-under 65 on Sunday to finish 50th.

That may not seem like some crowning achievement, yet when you hear how grateful Kim was afterwards just to be playing, you can’t help but wonder just what the hell he’s been up to all these years and what he had to go through to get back.

Any moral victories are welcome at this point, and Kim actually tied for the fifth-lowest score carded on Sunday. That’s pretty awesome.

The man who once made 11 birdies in a single round at The Masters proved he still has plenty of game, and can still go low despite such a lengthy hiatus. After playing his last 15 holes in one under par on Saturday, Kim carried that momentum into the last round.

You can check out some of his most notable highlights below, which included a run of three consecutive birdies before a nice par save at his finishing hole.

The vast majority of golf Twitter is rallying around AK in the aftermath of his impressive showcase, where we saw shades of the former superstar who once seemed destined to win multiple majors.

As you can see in that last tweet, Kim is actually teeing it up next week on the Asian Tour at the Macau Open, where he’ll gain even more invaluable reps in competition. If there’s any skepticism about what he’s done so far and what lies ahead for AK’s future, consider the following report that states just how on-the-fly Kim is building his golf game at the moment:

What kind of clubs is Kim using? Rentals? This makes his already-intriguing return all the more fascinating to me. Whenever he gets around to being properly fitted for a set of irons and longer clubs, he figures to improve a great deal.

One stick he shouldn’t take out of the bag is his putter, though, because Kim was on fire with that blade in Hong Kong.

How can you not root for Anthony Kim? Just hoping he can keep improving, keep his head on straight, and dazzle us longtime fans at least a few more times on big stages within the next several years. Safe to say he took a huge step forward toward that reality on Sunday.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock