He is already famous at age 25, has more money than he can count, lives in a palatial Dallas home with several of his best friends and is conspicuously single.
Anthony Kim lives life like it's an episode of HBO’s Entourage .
That popular show, of course, is fictional. Kim, on the other hand, keeps generating bad pub in real life.
In Las Vegas for the PGA Tour event this week, Kim hit the Strip hard, partying until the late hours, getting a bit too obnoxious and spending a small fortune, according to characterizations in various newspaper and social-media outlets.
Here’s an item from the widely read gossip column of veteran scribe Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal , who has spies all over town that serve up bits of background tid on celebs, politicos and prominent types:
Pro golfer Anthony Kim could use a lesson or two to brush up his gaming table etiquette. His salty language and screaming was so bad that Kim, 25, was asked to tone it down Monday by Bellagio management.
"He is one loose cannon," said a dealer, who said Kim may have set a personal record for F-bombs while playing high-stakes craps over the weekend.
Two years after brilliant Ryder Cup play spurred comparisons to Tiger Woods, Kim is attempting to get his game back on track after thumb surgery in May.Kim and poker superstar Phil Ivey were seated at the same table on Friday, ordering cognac and high-end whiskey.
A DJ at one Vegas hotel Tweeted, "Kim is an animal 115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with..."
There's Dom and there's dumb. The guy has a right to live his life, if not generally live it up, but in golf, cavorting in such public fashion usually leads to trouble and lost endorsement revenue. Ask Tiger Woods, a Vegas regular who had the good sense to get a private room.
A year ago at the Presidents Cup, Kim was characterized as the new John Daly by veteran Robert Allenby, and the latter certainly didn't mean it in a flattering way. Kim has huge endorsement deals with Nike, which was raked through the mud on the Woods affair, and the conservative Royal Bank of Canada.
Prompting easy speculation given the timing of his bad Vegas publicity, Kim eventually withdrew from the tour event, which begins today, citing continued issues with his wrist, which has bothered him since he returned to the tour three months ago.
An IMG spokesman told Golf.com that the withdrawal and Kim's gaming and nightclub jaunts were unrelated.
Kim couldn't be more affable at the golf course and interacts well with his peers, the media and fans, who enjoy the fact that he shows personality and a degree of animation on a circuit generally manned by robot types. But it doesn't take much to sully a reputation, and being painted as a bottle-tipping Daly-in-the-making ought to serve as a red flag for anybody.
Unlike in golf, that's a flag nobody should be aiming at.