2008 Feels Like Yesterday
Remember this mother fucker? Five short years ago he was a Ryder Cup hero. He was contending at Augusta with 10 birdies in the final round. He was wearing cool belt buckles and had more swagger than a champion thoroughbred put out to stud. Where is he now?
No one seems to know. He told some media outlets last year that he hoped to be back for the last 1/3 of the 2013 PGA Tour season. That didn’t happen. There were rumors that he’d make a start after the Presidents Cup to kick off his 2013/2014 season. That didn’t happen either. Kim WD’d from the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow in 2012 where he is a former champion. He had never truly recovered from thumb surgery in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 he had nagging elbow and shoulder issues. Then he snapped his Achilles tendon and hasn’t played since his WD at Quail Hollow.
What’s Next For AK?
The interwebs seems to think Kim will return to action some time in the next 2 months (closer to late spring). Due to his major medical exemption on the tour, he’ll have 16 starts to make roughly $615K to keep his tour status. I doubt it happens. I hate to say this because in a 2008 season that had Tiger on the shelf for half the year, Kim (to me) became one of the biggest draws in golf. I loved watching him play.
Rory hadn’t taken off yet, he was still just a kid. Kim had everything you could want in a super star on the links. And shit, when you beat down Sergio at the Ryder Cup and are so zoned in you don’t even know you just won the match, well….that builds you a lot of clout with me.
As for his actual return, I have my doubts that it will ever happen. I’m beginning to think he’s more David Duval than he is Fred Couples. Can he overcome the injuries, can he return to the top 10 in the world rankings like Stenson did? Kim’s penchant for partying is likely a serious obstacle to his future success.
Last I knew, AK and his boyz all lived together in one big house. They love to party and they love to keep AK out on benders all night before a pro-am. That’s generally not a recipe for successful rehab from serious injuries.
Does that remind you of anyone?