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Anthony Kim Joins Liv Golf in Return to Professional Competition

LIV Golf today announced that Anthony Kim has joined LIV Golf as a season-long Wild Card player. Following a retirement of nearly 12 years, the 38-year-old American will make his official return to professional competition this week at LIV Golf Jeddah, March 1-3 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.


American Star Competing as a Wild Card in Pursuit of Full-time Status with the LIV Golf League After More Than a Decade-Long Hiatus. Kim to Begin Competing This Week at LIV Golf Jeddah, March 1-3


“After stepping away from the game years ago due to injury, I’m happy to officially announce my return to the world of professional golf,” said Kim. “It’s been a long time coming, and I’m very grateful for all the highs, lows and lessons learned from the first part of my career. I want to compete with the best players in the world, and I’m on a mission to prove to myself that I can win again. The next step on that journey starts now, and I’m excited to give everything I’ve got this season on the LIV Golf League.”


“LIV Golf was launched to create new opportunities for players and fans that drive this sport forward in exciting ways, and when I think of Anthony Kim, I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for what we’re trying to do. His talent is undeniable, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to professional golf with our league,” said LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman. “It’s clear that he has the fire to win again and show why he was one of the most compelling players in the world, and we will support him on that mission as he works to earn his way back to the top of the game.” 


Kim will compete in all remaining 2024 LIV Golf regular season tournaments as one of two Wild Card players aiming to accrue points in the league’s individual standings and earn a team place in 2025. Kim joins season-long Wild Card player Hudson Swafford, competing against the LIV Golf League’s 13 four-player teams across the 14-event global schedule.


The three-time PGA TOUR winner posted his best full season in 2008 when he finished sixth on the money list and fourth in the FedEx Cup standings. That season led to a career-high eight top-10 finishes, including six top-three finishes. The American spent 20 weeks inside the top 10, with a career-high of No. 6 in 2008 after winning the Wachovia Championship and AT&T National. In 15 career major starts, his best finish is a third place at the 2010 Masters, where he finished behind current LIV Golf members Phil Mickelson (winner) and Lee Westwood (2nd). Kim notched two other top 10 Major finishes both coming at The Open, once in 2008 – T7 and again in 2011 – T5. He also set a tournament record with 11 birdies during round two at the 2009 Masters.


Kim is no stranger to team golf after compiling a successful track record with Team USA and the University of Oklahoma. The California native has represented Team USA at both the amateur and professional level a total of three times and was victorious on each occasion. He played a crucial role at the 2008 Ryder Cup, posting an emotional victory over current LIV Golf member Sergio Garcia 5&4 in the opening match of the Sunday Singles as the Americans beat Europe for the first time since 1999. A three-time All-American and freshman of the year (2004) while at the University of Oklahoma, Kim set the school record for the lowest scoring average in relation to par with a 71.73 (+0.22) – narrowly besting Abraham Ancer, 72.42 (+0.93).


 In June 2012, Kim had surgery on an injured Achilles tendon in his left leg and was expected to return in the 2013 season on a Major Medical Exemption. However, he has not played in a professional event since the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.


Coverage of LIV Golf Jeddah begins Friday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. local time (3:00 a.m. ET), with Friday’s round carried live on The CW App (U.S.), LIV Golf Plus and Caffeine. All season long, LIV Golf League competition also airs in the U.S. on Saturdays and Sundays on The CW, The CW App and LIV Golf Plus. In addition, LIV Golf tournaments are carried globally on LIV Golf Plus, the LIV Golf YouTube channel and on more than 20 international broadcast partners, delivering league broadcasts in over 180 territories to more than 500 million homes worldwide. For more information on how to watch the LIV Golf League, visit LIVGolf.com/where-to-watch.



By ML Staff. Image(s) courtesy of Professional Competition

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