Anthony Kim confirmed he’s close to a return to the PGA Tour with his eye on coming back at the WGC-Bridgestone in two weeks.
“The last week, I’ve been going pretty hard at it,” Kim told Rich Lerner and Peter Oosterhuis when he stopped by the Golf Channel booth at the RBC Canadian Open. “I’ve gone all the way down to a 5-iron full speed. I haven’t wanted to push it too much.”
Kim, who has an endorsement deal with RBC, wanted to make his return at the RBC Canadian Open this week but still needs to work out scar tissue that followed the surgical repair of a torn ligament in his left thumb. The surgery was 11 weeks ago.
“It’s not set, but I want to come back in two weeks at the World Golf Championships,” Kim said. “My goal is to play better in majors, and compete in majors, so I want to make sure I’m ready for the PGA Championship.”
The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits is three weeks away.
Kim said one of his first calls after surgery was to Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.
“I told him I’ll be ready even without very much practice,” Kim said. “I had so much fun [two years ago] it was unbelievable for my family and myself. I want to recreate that again.”
The Ryder Cup is scheduled Oct. 1-3 in Wales. Kim was 3-0-1 helping the Americans defeat Europe at Valhalla in ’08. Though he has been out for two-and-a-half months following surgery, Kim still ranks fourth on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list.