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The Tour Report

January 19 2012

4:47 PM

Kim battles to get back in red numbers

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Anthony Kim told the media on Wednesday that he wanted to relax and have more fun on the golf course this year.

Kim, who went to high school in La Quinta, is coming off his worst year in terms of earnings and top-10s. But the three-time TOUR champ ended 2011 by finishing second once and third twice overseas and said he hopes to build on that this year.

"I realized that if I just let it go, my natural ability will take over and I'll be able to get the ball in the hole," Kim said. "That's what I'm good at. I need to just let it go, be free, and that's how I play my best golf."

Looks like Kim struggled in that quest a little on his first nine holes Thursday, starting on the back nine of the Nicklaus Course and opening with two bogeys. He got those shots back with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 but closed with two more bogeys to turn in 2 over.

The front nine, though, has been a bit more fun. Kim just made his second eagle at the eighth hole and is 2 under for the tournament. He tied for third the last time he played in the Humana Challenge in 2008.