As the world was witness to a frenzied end to one of the most nail biting finishes at The Open Championship in recent years when Australian Adam Scott blew a five shot lead to hand South African Ernie Els the famous Claret Jug by a single shot, back in America, one of its most favorite golfing sons was not in the best of moods and getting ready for tough times ahead.
Anthony Kim, who was considered just three years back as the next Tiger Woods, one to lead the country into its next golfing dynasty, has undergone a surgery to repair his left Achilles tendon and is expected to be kept out of action for at least 9months, if not a full year. Kim injured his Achilles tendon while he was doing sprint training with his trainer and although it was first believed that a few days’ rest would be enough, it has emerged that the surgery was deemed a necessity for Kim to be able to continue his career on the greens.
Now 27 years old, Anthony Kim burst onto the scene back in 2008 as a fresh faced golfer, intent on making name for him and quickly won his first title on the PGA Tour, the Wells Fargo Championship. He came very close to sweeping the Tour Championship that year as well, and although he didn’t manage that, he did perform brilliantly for the US in their win in the 2008 edition of the Ryder Cup.
But since then, consecutive injuries problems has forced him off the course for a long stretch of time and with the next 9-12 months out of action, it is almost certain that Anthony Kim will be extremely frustrated. And facing a long, uncertain road to recovery, Kim might just feel the urge to retire at the age of 27 years.