Difficult as it may seem, Anthony Kim says he's determined not to let a Ryder Cup hangover affect his play at this week's season-ending Tour Championship.
Fresh off helping the American team to a 16 1/2-11 1/2 victory over the Europeans in the Ryder Cup Matches at Valhalla Golf Club, Kim is out to put an exclamation point on a solid year with another strong showing in the final event of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
But is anything left in Kim's tank as he competes against a 29-man field comprising the PGA Tour's best players of 2008?
"Well, there better be," Kim told reporters. "I mean, I'm playing against 29 other players who deserve to be here who played great golf for a number of tournaments to get here.
"[The Ryder Cup] did take an emotional toll on me because our team did grind so hard. We put everything we had into it, but it's what we do for a living. You've got to get up, be ready to play and go out there and try and make some birdies."
While Vijay Singh needs only to finish four rounds at the Tour Championship to collect the $10 million prize for winning the FedEx Cup playoffs, Kim is aiming to better his sixth-place standing. The No. 10-ranked player in the world, the 23-year-old Kim has seven top-10 finishes, including a pair of victories, in 21 starts this year and has more than $4.2 million in earnings.
"It's been a good year," said Kim, who failed to qualify for last year's Tour Championship. "Obviously last year I wanted to be here. I wasn't ready to be here, but this year I came in with a new attitude and definitely have been playing some better golf.
"Obviously, coming off an emotional week at the Ryder Cup was an experience I'll never forget, and hopefully something I can draw back on going into this week."
Will MacKenzie birdied four out of the last six holes to record a 4-under 68 on Sunday and then birdied the first two playoff holes to defeat Marc Turnesa and Brian Gay in a two-hole playoff at last weekend's Viking Classic.
Gay dropped out after the first extra hole, and then third-round leader Turnesa was eliminated when MacKenzie birdied the par-5 18th hole.
Interestingly, MacKenzie's victory came just one day after calling a two-stroke penalty on himself for moving a loose impediment inside a hazard on the par-5 18th hole, which led to a triple bogey. MacKenzie then went on to birdie the 18th hole three times Sunday - once at the end of regulation and then twice in the playoff.
The combination of a standout PGA Tour career and his dedication to improving the lives of children and families has earned Davis Love III the Payne Stewart Award. Love was honored during a private reception Tuesday night as part of the festivities surrounding this week's Tour Championship.
"Davis epitomizes everything that the Payne Stewart Award stands for in his integrity, sportsmanship and spirit of giving back," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem told reporters. "He truly understands what it means to be a role model and has been a great ambassador for the PGA Tour and the sport of golf, both on and off the field of competition."
A 19-time Tour winner and veteran of six Ryder Cups, the 44-year-old Love claimed his lone major title at the 1997 PGA Championship. He established the Davis Love Foundation in 2005 to support national and community programs that specialize in children and families in need.
• With a runner-up finish at last weekend's Viking Classic, Tour rookie Marc Turnesa recorded the best showing of his career. He collected $316,800 for his performance, climbing to No. 130 on the official money list.
• With top-10 finishes at the Viking Classic, Steve Allan, Casey Wittenberg and Dicky Pride played their way into the Turning Stone Resort Championship in two weeks.
• Nationwide Tour player Casey Wittenberg, who was in the Viking Classic field on a sponsor's exemption, had a career-best tie for fourth. His previous best came when he tied for 13th in the 2004 Masters.
September 24, 2008
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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