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LIV Golf’s Anthony Kim talks “scam artists,” surgeries in David Feherty interview

The rise of Anthony Kim in the early 2010s baffled the golf world. His exciting and aggressive style led many to believe he would be the next American superstar.

He then went missing after the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship with an Achilles tendon injury. No one knew where he went, what happened to him and how he was doing. No one had heard from him for more than a dozen years, and many wondered what was going to happen.

But for the first time, Kim opened up about her experience with David Feherty, who currently works as an anchor for LIV Golf.The two talked about Mr. Kim’s life. In a recently posted documentary Go to Liv Golf Plus.

“I had never played golf until I got the call two and a half or three months ago.” [LIV Golf CEO] Greg Norman talked about playing again,” Kim said.

“I never set out to play golf. My expectation is to take it one day at a time, work hard and see where it takes me. Players are getting better and better. I’ve been away for so long that I’m pretty rusty. But I feel like if I work on the right things I can compete.”

Anthony Kim.
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Kim returned to professional golf in early March at the LIV Golf Event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He shot 6-over 76 twice and finished the 54-hole event with a 4-over 74. This is a pretty impressive result for his first tournament in over 10 years.

He recently shot a 5-under 65 at LIV Golf Hong Kong, his lowest professional score since an 8-under 62 at the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic on July 30, 2011.

“You know, I was thinking about every shot,” Kim said of playing in Hong Kong.

“It’s easy to throw away one shot. Two shots can ruin your golf momentum. But I did everything I could to play well and hope I can build on that.” There is.”

During her vacation, Kim revealed that she underwent more surgeries than she can count. In addition to surgery on his Achilles tendon, he also underwent surgery on his shoulder and hand. He even underwent spinal fusion surgery, which is not unlike what Will Zalatoris and Tiger Woods have undergone in recent years.

“I’m actually able to hit the ball farther now than when I quit the game,” Kim said. “Perhaps this metal is helping me. I hope I don’t have any more surgeries.”

However, Kim, who described himself as having an “addictive personality,” found himself with tough characters during this period, and his life went into a downward spiral after the final PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow. I fell into it.

“I was with the wrong people, people who were taking advantage of me and scammers,” Kim said.

“When you’re 24 or 25 or even 30, you don’t realize there’s a snake living under your roof. But you know, by the grace of God I’m here to tell my story. , and hopefully inspire others.”

Upon hearing these words, Feherty, a self-proclaimed addict, reacted as follows: “When I hear that, I’m reminded of that old Keith Richards line: There’s a difference between scratching your own ass and tearing your own ass.”

David Feherty, LIV Golf

David Feherty.
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“I definitely tore two new ones,” Kim replied. “The mind is a very tricky and scary place. And unfortunately, I didn’t deal with it very well before.”

During that period, Kim said she lived in an “animal house, literally and figuratively.” He kept six dogs and two monkeys and played with the animals and other characters who led him astray. He did not go into specific details about what the other person had done or what kind of addiction he was suffering from, but he was clearly struggling with difficult circumstances.

“I knew I needed help for a long time. I knew I was struggling mentally, but I never told anyone and kept it to myself. ” added the former Ryder Cup star.

“I started turning my life around about a year and a half ago with the help of many conversations with very important people in my life.”

An important turning point for Kim came when her daughter Bella came into the world. The joy on his face when he talks about her shows how much he loves her two-year-old daughter. He described Bella as his “everything.”

He even puts a little “B” with a heart on his golf ball now. That little symbol calms Kim down during tournaments and brings her to a comfortable, bright place in her mind.

“I didn’t have any self-esteem until I became a father,” Kim said.

Anthony Kim, LIV Golf

Anthony Kim during the first round of the 2024 LIV Golf Invitational in Jeddah.
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“I never really felt that way. But now I have a duty and responsibility to provide for my family and be the best example for my daughter that I can… My ultimate inspiration is my daughter. This platform of LIV Through it, she can see the world. That’s my dream for her: to be happy, experience the world, and live a life where she feels loved and cherished.”

Shockingly, doctors told Kim that he would probably not be able to become a father due to “everything his body has been through.” It disappointed him greatly, but God had a plan for Kim. The 38-year-old is incredibly blessed to have a loving and caring family.

“Thankfully, she looks like her mother,” Kim said.

“I’m so happy to have these two women in my life. I wake up every morning with a feeling of gratitude.”

The former Oklahoma Sooner also spoke highly of his wife, who always supported him and encouraged him to get back into the game. She wanted to learn how to play hers, so Kim helped her and restarted the game that had made him so popular all those years ago.

“I have an interesting relationship with golf. I don’t think I ever really liked it,” Kim revealed.

“What’s so strange to me now is that I feel like I’m addicted to the game. It’s so strange to me because golf used to be full of pressure. Golf has mixed emotions for me because I’ve been through a lot of hard work. It added pressure. I was willing to take more risks. That was my nature. On the golf course. I was aggressive off the golf course and that led to my death.”

Now, Kim can reflect on her experience and use her current platform to tell her story and inspire others who are suffering.

The world is full of tension, pain, addiction, and endings. Whether it’s physical, mental, or addiction, people struggle with it every day, and Kim knows it better than anyone. So, hopefully his story will help others shed light on the same individuals who are digging themselves out of dark, deep, and seemingly inescapable holes and need support.

Jack Mirko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.Be sure to check it out @_PlayingThrough Cover more golf. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko In the same way.

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