Golf fans react as Anthony Kim accepts LIV Golf wildcard in Jeddah

Anthony Kim fans rejoice as the three-time PGA Tour winner is confirmed as a LIV Golf player.

Golf fans react as Anthony Kim accepts LIV Golf wildcard in Jeddah
Golf fans react as Anthony Kim accepts LIV Golf wildcard in Jeddah

Greg Norman has confirmed Anthony Kim will make his long-awaited return to action at LIV Golf Jeddah this week. 

Kim, 38, has reportedly penned a contract with the Saudi-bankrolled LIV Golf League and will receive a small cash bonus despite not joining a team.

The former US Ryder Cup star will be teeing it up in his first tournament in 12 years. 

LIV Golf CEO Norman confirmed the news on Monday 26 February, four days before the start of LIV Golf Jeddah. 

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The three-time PGA Tour winner will compete at LIV Golf Jeddah as a wildcard

That means Kim has not been assigned a team but will compete in the $25m prize purse event in Saudi Arabia as an individual. 

Check out Kim's intro video, which was posted by Norman on Twitter.

"Witness the dance of redemption," a voice says on the video.

Norman tweeted: 

"He oozes incredible talent. The world has seen it in the past and now it is an honour as Commissioner of LIV Golf to give the opportunity for this star to be reborn. Welcome back and to the LIV Golf family mate. The golf world has missed you."

Confirmed: Anthony Kim makes LIV Golf debut in Saudi Arabia

Here's how a number of excited golf fans reacted to the news of AK's arrival on LIV:

Absolutely amazing move from LIV!
Love this, let's go AK! 
Buzzing can't wait to see him back
The boy is back! 
Shark delivers again, great signing
Can't wait to watch this week now!
Commissioner who is left in the dark on his tour’s biggest negotiation. I might slightly like Yassir for that move alone.
So pumped to see AK back!
Another W for the Shark!
Thank you Greg! 

LIV were reportedly keen on having Kim play in their events but were reluctant to stump up huge money given he hasn't played in years. 

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Kim was an electric talent in his junior years. He won three times on the PGA Tour and starred in the Ryder Cup for the U.S. at Valhalla in 2008. 

That included leading Paul Azinger's side in the Sunday singles and obliterating Europe's record points scorer Sergio Garcia 5&4. 

But he disappeared from the game completely and hasn't played in a professional golf event for more than 12 years. 

There have been fleeting appearances of Kim over the years and infrequent swing update videos published across social media

The infrequent swing updates has led to intense speculation that he was eyeing up a return to the game. 

What followed was absolutely nothing and with each passing year his legend has grown. 

He has been described as golf's Yeti and most famous recluse, a man of mystery and one of the biggest 'what-ifs'. 

It was expected he was going to rise to superstardom just like Tiger Woods.

The widely assumed explanation is that Kim cashed in on an insurance policy worth $15-20m after struggling with injuries. 

Had he continued his career on the PGA Tour that would have been voided. It has also been speculated he didn't enjoy Tour life. 

What do you make of AK joining LIV Golf in 2024? Are you excited to see him back on Tour? How will he get on at Jeddah? Share your thoughts and comments over on the GolfMagic social media channels.

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