Anthony Kim shoving disabled Tiger Woods out of the picture? Fiz your clubs clean and greenside bunker basics
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“Fearless", “cocky” and “arrogant” were descriptive terms used by fellow golfer Fred Funk after Anthony Kim’s decisive victory at the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods. Without Woods in the hunt the field is wide open with devotees waiting anxiously for a confident PGA Tour golfer to step up and take the reins.
In sashayed 23-year-old Anthony Kim who, with a bogey-free Sunday (the only final round like it since Chopra took the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship), stepped up to meet the demands of fans who were growing restless without a hero in their midst.
Anthony is no different than many golf afficionados who, for the past ten years, have been watching and learning from the number one golfer in the world, idolizing Woods as Tiger had done to Jack Nicklaus when he was just a kid.
It was only after meeting Woods face-to-face that Kim realized that he needed to step-up his game. And with a “thumbs-up” from Tiger after his victory with a profound, “the sky’s the limit” pat on the back from golf royalty (or as Kim calls Tiger, “the Michael Jordan of golf"), Kim knew what he had to do.
After Anthony realized that his “preparation and work ethic couldn’t have gotten any worse", Kim decided to “kick it up a notch” and we are all watching the result of his diligence. After two wins and eleven top-twenty-five finishes this season, could we be looking at a man to threaten the solid base of Tiger Woods’ throne? Can Kim maintain the effort necessary to keep himself at the top of the leaderboard?
His stats are adequate, but are his efforts enough to push him into the top spot for the FedEx Cup and shuffle the PGA Tour standings?
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I also talk about the sweet smell of victory out of the sand as Barry, always a competent instructor, changed my way of thinking in a greenside bunker.
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It’s good as long as it lasts, the crowds will lap it up, the journos will write about it and many reels of news footage will be wasted on that extraordinary “buckle”. But the day he hits a bad patch and well no one can really avoid it all this will come to hound him. People will start blaming his garish attitude statements for his performance. If he is willing to stomach all that criticism that will come his way and is confident of the good show continuing, then, may the force be with you Mr Kim!
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