Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:18 am

Korean contingent storms Augusta scoreboard

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Got a hankering from some old-fashioned Southern Seoul cooking?

The Masters leaderboard can certainly accommodate your appetite.

Masters rookie Kyung-Tae Kim started quickly in the second round at Augusta National on Friday morning and moved into a tie for seventh, giving South Korea three players in the top seven as play unwinds on the second day.

Kim, only 24, is playing in his third major championship ever and led the Japan Tour in earnings in 2010. The other two names in the leaderboard mix will be far less obscure to golf devotees with any sense of major-championship perspective.

K.J. Choi, who led the Masters last April before coming unraveled on the 13th hole in the final round, shot 67 on Thursday and is tied for fourth, while former PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang opened with a 66. Yang bogeyed his first hole on Friday.

Don't think for a moment that the Korean contingent isn't capable of hanging around. Yang is a former Marine and one of the toughest scrappers on the PGA Tour and Choi is a former powerlifter who certainly falls into the same category.

In fact, with Choi leading on the back nine here on Sunday last year, it appeared for a couple of hours that Korea might pull off the incomprehensible -- Eight monhts earlier, Yang had become the first Asian player to win a major at the PGA Championship and Choi was poised to make it two Grand Slam titles in a row for the emerging power in men's golf.

Choi, as he did two weeks ago at Bay Hill, is carrying between three and four hybrid clubs this week in an attempt to hit high, soft shots to tight pins. In other words, with the putter and three metal woods, he has eight clubcovers in the bag.
Category: Golf
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:59 am

Overton duo in overdrive at Doral: 2-hour round

DORAL, Fla. -- PGA Tour officials don't keep records on such things.

Maybe they ought to.

In an era when slow play has made watching golf an often tedious process, the first twosome off the tee at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday morning, composed of American standouts Anthony Kim and Jeff Overton, played 18 holes in a shorter amount of time than some pairings have toured nine holes this week.

Overton's caddie, Eric Larson, emerged from the scoring center and exclaimed, "Two hours, six minutes. Not bad."

A walking scorer with the group said the pair discussed trying to play faster than the 2:40 time they logged when they were the first duo off on Saturday morning as well, though Overton said they weren't gunning for any particular record or target.

"Not shooting for anything," he said. "Just playing golf."

Uh, OK. He smiled broadly.

"It just so happened that we're both pretty quick players," he said.

They pair conceivably could have cracked the two-hour mark had Overton, who shot 73, not double-bogeyed the 18th. Kim, who shot 72, bogeyed the hole. No question, considering that most players in their 20-something age group are excruciatingly slow, these two guys can flat move. 

"Yeah, golf would be more fun if the pace of play was better," Overton said. "But you know, we're playing for a lot of money and you need to take the time to hit the right shots when they play, too."

On Saturday, the two were cruising along at a similar clip before Overton hit his tee shot that hit a cart path and caromed into the water on the 16trh hole, and it took several minutes to get a ruling and take a penalty drop on the other side of the lake.  

Category: Golf
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:53 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 10:18 am

Dom and dumber as Kim tours Vegas

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.

Category: Golf
Tags: dom, IMG, kim, las vegas
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