Anthony Kim's former caddie has revealed he tried to tempt the former superstar into playing again in the LIV Golf League.
The New York Times has written an in-depth piece about Kim, who last played competitively more than a decade ago.
Kim declined to be interviewed which is no surprise. He likes to keep a low-profile these days but pictures pop up on social media here and there.
But his former looper Eric Larson confirmed to the publication he tried to encourage Kim to start playing again.
Larson told the Times:
Update: A close friend of Anthony Kim has disputed these quotes
Really? News to me. I speak to AK almost every day. He hasn’t spoke to his caddy or coach in months. https://t.co/z94Kf6TMXq pic.twitter.com/HM1d3xKub2— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) January 27, 2023
The prospect of Kim playing again seems unlikely.
He's now 37 years old but because he seemingly disappeared off the face of the planet after the 2008 Ryder Cup.
He has been the subject of intense interest from golf fans such is the mysteriousness that surrounds him.
Just type 'What happened to Anthony Kim?' into Google and it delivers 196m results.
Kim won three times on the PGA Tour before walking away from the game but he finally confirmed to the Associated Press in 2015 that he was collecting insurance money.
It has been reported if he were to play again he would be unable to receive those monthly payments.
Kim was named in legal documents last year as LIV Golf sought to gather information about the tour and their inner workings in their antitrust lawsuit.
It is unclear whether Kim was offered the chance of a return by the LIV Golf League.
Nor do we know if Kim would still be eligible for his insurance money if he were to play in LIV events.
The 2008 Ryder Cup...
Kim played a starring role at the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, defeating Sergio Garcia 5&4 in the opening match of the Sunday Singles to set the tone for the rest of his team.
The U.S. side eventually ran out 16.5 to 11.5 winners against Europe at the 37th edition of the biennial dustup.
Kim's last appearance in a major championship came in 2011 at the PGA Championship, where he failed to make the cut.
His best finish at The Masters came in 2010, where he finished third.
In a 2019 interview, Rory McIlroy said he missed Kim because the tour was "a better place with him in it".
Kim legitimately looked like he could be a successor to Tiger Woods but sadly it's a case of what if.
It would certainly raise some eyebrows if Kim were to return. Perhaps he could command a place in Phil Mickelson's Hy Flyers?!
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