Surgery grounds Kim for 10 weeks
American Ryder Cup star Anthony Kim faces an expected 10-12 week lay-off after undergoing surgery on Wednesday.
American Ryder Cup star Anthony Kim faces an expected 10-12 week lay-off after undergoing surgery to his left thumb on Wednesday.
The world number 11, third at The Masters a month ago and winner in Houston a week earlier, decided to have the operation after pulling out of this week’s Players Championship in Florida.
“While I had hoped to be able to continue to play through the injury, compensating for it was starting to cause other issues, including a sore shoulder,” he said. “We had to get it fixed.”
The surgery was performed by Dr Thomas Graham, Chief of the National Hand Center in Baltimore, who said: “Anthony sustained a high grade partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb several months ago.
“Over the course of the last several months of tournament play, the status of the ligament proved insufficient for Anthony to compete on Tour.
“But I was extremely pleased with how the repair of the ligament went.”
Kim is certain to miss next month’s US Open and The Open at St Andrews in July may also come too soon for him, but he will certainly hope to be available for October’s Ryder Cup in Wales.
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