LIV Golf chief Greg Norman issues emotional message in hint over Anthony Kim comeback

For some time former PGA Tour star Anthony Kim has been linked with a move to LIV Golf, and the sport’s forgotten man now looks set to return in Saudi Arabia this week

 

 

 

 

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman appeared to announce the signing of Anthony Kim on social media on Monday, with the former PGA Tour star set to tee it up at LIV Jeddah later this week.

 

Kim has been linked with a move to the LIV setup for some time after spending 12 years away from competitive golf due to injury. Now, the American is set to make his long-awaited comeback, and he has opted to make it with Norman and Co. on the breakaway circuit.

 

 

LIV’s official social media channels and Norman himself shared a promotional clip of the Saudi-based event, with the silhouette of a golfer who appears to be golf’s forgotten man, Kim.

 

 

 

Kim’s return is the latest chapter in the whirlwind that is LIV Golf. The former Ryder Cup star announced himself as one of golf’s hottest prospects in the late 2000’s, winning three times in two years on the PGA Tour. His meteoric rise saw him earn comparisons to the great Tiger Woods, but things then quickly changed.

 

A string of injury issues saw Kim endure a difficult 2012 season, and after three withdrawals ending at the Wells Fargo Championship that year, the former world No. 6 vanished from the PGA Tour. Rumours of a return 12 years on began at the beginning of this year, with LIV introducing two wildcard spots at their events for 2024.

 

 

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One has been handed to another ex-PGA Tour member in Hudson Swafford, who will play as a wildcard in every LIV tournament this campaign. The other is set to be rotated, with Englishman Laurie Canter the beneficiary from the additional spot at the opening two events in Mexico and Las Vegas.

 

This week’s trip to Jeddah will seemingly see Kim handed place 54, with all eyes set to be on the 38-year-old come Friday’s opening round. Last month a report by Golf.com revealed Kim had been in conversation with both the PGA Tour and LIV over the possibility of returning action.

 

One hurdle standing in his way was an insurance policy taken out due to his torrid injury record, which would be voided if he was to return to competition. This however does not seem to be no longer an issue for Kim, who will compete for a share of the £20 million ($20m) on offer in the Middle East later this week.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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