Anthony Kim after 53rd in LIV debut: Played ‘like a--' but ‘very encouraged’

Anthony Kim reflects on his performance in the LIV Jeddah tournament and expresses optimism for future improvement.


Slow Starts Plague Anthony Kim in Pro Return

Anthony Kim struggled with slow starts during his first competitive start in nearly 12 years at the LIV Jeddah tournament. He admitted that it takes him a few holes to get comfortable on the course, with most of his over-par scores occurring in the first six holes. Despite the challenging start, Kim remains optimistic and believes that with more mental preparation, he will be able to improve his performance.

In the tournament, Kim only recorded four birdies and finished at 16 over par, 33 shots behind the winner, Joaquin Niemann. He struggled particularly on his first four holes on Saturday and Sunday. However, Kim attributes his poor performance to a lack of focus and believes that with more practice, he can quickly resolve this issue.

Encouragement from a Highlight Shot

Despite his disappointing performance, Anthony Kim found encouragement in a shot he made during the tournament. On the par-4 13th hole, Kim's drive landed in the trees, requiring him to hit the ball through two trunks to set up a successful par save. This shot boosted his confidence and gave him hope for future success.

Kim looks forward to his next start at the LIV Hong Kong tournament and acknowledges that he has a lot to work on. However, he remains grateful for the opportunity to play professional golf again and is excited about his progress and potential for the rest of the season.