Anthony Kim – Open Championship Golfers

There’s another American golfer out there who could in time challenge the omnipotent King of the Greens, the irritatingly masterful Tiger Woods and that would indeed be a very good thing for the game of golf in the future.

Anthony Kim is already well on his way to emulating the great Woods – he became the second person under the age of 25 to claim a duo of wins in a single year in the long and illustrious history of the PGA Tour and judging by his top ten finishes and his incredible scoring average, he will surely one day be mentioned in the same breath as his older, more experienced compatriot.

Kim burst onto the professional scene in 2006 when he finished tied 2nd at the Valero Texas Open, his debut on the PGA Tour and his form continued right the way through his rookie season where he bagged a very imposing four top ten finishes!

Kim cards 67 at Oakmont

At the 2007 US Open at Oakmont, Kim stunned the thousands of partisan supporters by shooting a 67 in the final round, a score that only Paul Casey of England could better in an earlier round and this propelled the young Kim to a very respectable tied 20th finish.

He had to wait patiently for his maiden title but it came in fine style at the Wachovia Championship in 2008. He defeated majors winner, Ben Curtis, with ease, leading the field by a full five shots and his 16-under 272 became the lowest score in the tournament’s history. He came away with over a million dollars in the bank and rocketed up the world ranking.

Kim wasn’t satisfied with breaking only the one record though and he went on to meet Tiger’s record of two wins in a calendar year by claiming the AT & T National two months later with a stirring round of 5-under 65.

Ryder Cup Honours

Kim’s stellar performance on the PGA Tour has ensured he takes his place on Paul Azinger’s American team to take on Faldo’s boys for the Ryder Cup at Valhalla and he will be in very elite company – he joins the experienced Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry and Justin Leonard as well as a handful of up and coming stars.

Kim’s Top Twenty’s in ’08

  • Bob Hope Chrysler Classic – T3
  • Verizon Heritage – T2
  • EDS Byron Nelson Championship – T19
  • Open Championship – T7
  • RBC Canadian Open – T8
  • The Barclays – T12