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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The practice range at Quail Hollow was filled with PGA Tour players Tuesday afternoon, making it too busy for Anthony Kim.
He took his game _ or what’s left of it _ behind a row of trees near the short-game area where no one could watch. He found a patch of grass where he could fire shots through a wide gap in the trees, and Kim stayed there for nearly two hours under a hot sun.
Kim didn’t want anyone to watch. And he didn’t want to hear the whispers that have followed him for the last four months.
What’s wrong with this guy?
He attributes it to nagging injuries _ the left thumb that was operated on in 2010 and cost him a spot on the Ryder Cup team, right elbow, right wrist. There is no structural damage and nothing to keep him from playing, though he is losing practice time.
And it shows.
Kim has completed only two of the nine tournaments he has played. He has missed the cut four times. He was disqualified after opening with a 78 at Riviera. He withdrew from the last two tournaments he played, after a 79 in the first round at Houston and midway through the opening round in San Antonio after he hit a 5-iron out of bush without realizing there was a rock next to his ball. Kim said the ball went 200 yards and the rock went 15 yards.
Kim said his caddie cleaned out his locker at the Texas Open when he pulled out. He didn’t feel like facing other players who would see him leaving a tournament far too early.
“I hear it all the time … across the locker room doors,” Kim said. “I hear people, `What is going on with him?’ I hear little comments. `He doesn’t care about golf.’ Everyone has a reason. No one knows the reason but me. I need to hit balls, practice. But I’m hurting myself by hitting more balls.”
He is well aware of this. It’s one thing to hear it from the players. Kim even heard from his mother.
“My mom told me, `Hey, there’s a caddie that said he made $60,000 caddying at my club. The caddie stays at home and works four days a week. He’s made $60,000. You’ve only made $30,000,’ ” Kim said. “I couldn’t do anything but laugh.”
Laughter has been rare this year.
Kim was not eligible for the Masters. He is not exempt for the U.S. Open. Tuesday was the first time he hit balls since he withdrew from the Texas Open. After one swing, he clutched his right elbow. There was a duck-hook with the driver, another shot that resembled a shank. The other shots were mostly good, though Kim said he still feels a jolt in his elbow even after hitting wedges.
“My body feels like it’s coming back, and then there’s one little thing after another,” he said. “It’s been a frustrating year. I’m trying to have a good attitude, but it gets tougher and tougher.”
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