July 31 2011
What would a win today mean for Anthony Kim?
“I think it would actually mean more than any of the other wins I've had just because of the fact that I've come back from something,” said Kim, who has struggled since thumb surgery last year. “I didn't know where my golf game was going. Even up to this point, I'm excited about the rest of the year, the FedExCup playoffs, and the chance to win a golf tournament.”
If Kim, who will tee off at the bottom of the hour, is going to win, he’ll have to have a better final round than he’s had in most of his final rounds this year -- his final-round scoring average is 71.
That said, Kim’s game is driven by confidence and he has plenty of it going into the final round.
“It's absolutely on an upside,” Kim said Saturday night. “I can't tell you the last time that I ever played golf where I was not wanting to be on a golf course, but for the last six months before the British Open, I just did not want to be on the golf course.
“I didn't know where the ball was going, and I was just hoping it would bounce out of the trees. It wasn't a matter of it going in the rough, it was a matter of it bouncing in or out of bounds. People may think I'm exaggerating, but this is how tough this game got for me. Going back to the basics is really what helped my game. Without that, I would still be struggling.”
By simple approach Kim is trying not to get caught up in how far to hit the ball, he said. “If I have to hit it 170 yards, I just hit my 8-iron and don't think about anything else,” Kim said. “It's been a lot easier to hit golf shots that way.”