Anthony Kim hoped to make his return to the PGA Tour this week at the RBC Canadian Open, but he delayed the comeback with his surgically repaired left thumb needing more therapy.
“Doctors told him he needed a couple more weeks to work through the scar tissue,” IMG’s Chris Armstrong, Kim’s agent, told Golf Channel.com on Wednesday. “It’s a natural side effect of the surgery.”
Armstrong said Kim’s aiming for a return next month, possibly at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks or the PGA Championship in three weeks, all depending how therapy continues. He began hitting balls three weeks ago.
“The Ryder Cup’s an important goal to Anthony, but he doesn’t want to miss another major,” Armstrong said.
Kim had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on May 5 and missed the U.S. Open and the British Open. Before the procedure, he said getting himself ready for the Ryder Cup would be a top priority in his return from injury.
Though Kim has been out for 11 weeks recuperating from surgery, he still ranks fourth on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list. The top eight after the PGA Championship earn automatic spots on the team. The Ryder Cup is scheduled Oct. 1-3 in Wales. Kim enjoyed a stellar Ryder Cup debut two years ago, going 3-0-1 and routing Sergio Garcia 5 and 4 in Sunday singles while helping the Americans win at Valhalla.