PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Anthony Kim will miss the U.S. Open and possibly the British Open after undergoing surgery on his left thumb Wednesday that is expected to sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks.
Kim had a partially torn ligament in his thumb repaired in surgery in Baltimore. Dr. Thomas Graham, chief of the National Hand Center there, performed the operation.
“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 that I was experiencing at the Quail Hollow Championship, and we had to get it fixed,” Kim said in a statement released by IMG, which represents Kim.
“I appreciate Dr. Graham’s guidance and care through this and look forward to working through the rehab so I can get back out on Tour and pick up where I left off.”
Kim, who withdrew from The Players Championship this week, has said playing in the Ryder Cup in October is a high priority for him this season. He won the Shell Houston Open and finished third at the Masters last month.
“Anthony sustained a high grade partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb several months ago, and over the course of the last several months of tournament play, the status of the ligament proved insufficient for Anthony to compete on Tour,” Graham said in a statement. “I was extremely pleased with how the repair of the ligament.”