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Anthony Kim Joins LIV Golf in Return to Professional Golf

Anthony Kim Joins LIV Golf in Return to Professional Golf
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Anthony Kim has come out of retirement to join LIV Golf as a season-long Wild Card player.

Following a retirement of nearly 12 years, the 38-year-old American will make his official return to professional competition this week at LIV Golf Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

“After stepping away from the game years ago due to injury, I’m happy to officially announce my return to the world of professional golf,” said Kim.

“It’s been a long time coming, and I’m very grateful for all the highs, lows and lessons learned from the first part of my career. I want to compete with the best players in the world, and I’m on a mission to prove to myself that I can win again. The next step on that journey starts now, and I’m excited to give everything I’ve got this season on the LIV Golf League.”

“LIV Golf was launched to create new opportunities for players and fans that drive this sport forward in exciting ways, and when I think of Anthony Kim, I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for what we’re trying to do. His talent is undeniable, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to professional golf with our league,” said LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman.

“It’s clear that he has the fire to win again and show why he was one of the most compelling players in the world, and we will support him on that mission as he works to earn his way back to the top of the game.” 

Kim will compete in all remaining 2024 LIV Golf regular season tournaments as one of two Wild Card players aiming to accrue points in the league’s individual standings and earn a team place in 2025. Kim joins season-long Wild Card player Hudson Swafford, competing against the LIV Golf League’s 13 four-player teams across the 14-event global schedule.

The three-time PGA TOUR winner posted his best full season in 2008 when he finished sixth on the money list and fourth in the FedEx Cup standings. That season led to a career-high eight top-10 finishes, including six top-three finishes. The American spent 20 weeks inside the top 10, with a career-high of No. 6 in 2008 after winning the Wachovia Championship and AT&T National. In 15 career major starts, his best finish is a third place at the 2010 Masters, where he finished behind current LIV Golf members Phil Mickelson (winner) and Lee Westwood (2nd). Kim notched two other top 10 Major finishes both coming at The Open, once in 2008 – T7 and again in 2011 – T5. He also set a tournament record with 11 birdies during round two at the 2009 Masters.