It might be golf's most slippery question -- what the hell is Anthony Kim doing?
Alan Shipnuck of Sports Illustrated set out to answer that question recently in this piece and what he discovered was that the questions many of us have about Kim only led to more questions about Kim.
Upon withdrawing from the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship after a first-round 74, Kim announced he was taking five months off because of tendinitis in his left arm. Kim then tore his Achilles about about six weeks later and has not played since.
There was this revelation from a source who sounded scared to talk to Shipnuck, though:
The answer very well may lie in an insurance policy Kim has against a career-ending injury. An IMG source pegged its value at $10 million, tax-free. Kim's friend, who has had financial discussions with him, says, "It's significantly north of that. Not quite 20, but close. That is weighing on him, very much so. He's trying to weigh the risk of coming back. The way he's phrased it to me is, 'If I take one swing on Tour, the policy is voided.'"
There were the usual stories about strip clubs and Rolls Royces that have been associated with Kim for most of his career, but that paragraph lies the crux of the matter.
I'm fascinated to see how the rest of this plays out, if at all. And make sure you read the Shipnuck piece, it's tremendous.