LOS ANGELES – Anthony Kim has withdrawn from the Northern Trust Open, tournament officials announced Saturday morning. He cited illness, officials reported.
Kim shot 1-under-par 70 on Friday to make the cut by two shots. Apparently, the illness developed overnight. Kim spoke after the second round about how impressed he was with Fred Couples in their pairing together in the first two rounds, saying he learned a lot playing alongside him.
An IMG spokesman said Kim was 'sick all night' and is 'obviously very disappointed' he won't be able to play the weekend in his hometown event. Kim was born in Los Angeles and grew up in La Quinta, Calif.
Jason Gore battled the flu in Friday's second round. He was so sick finishing, he could be seen shivering as he played the final hole.
Kim’s last withdrawal at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital event in Las Vegas last October created a media stir amid reports that he was out late partying at a Las Vegas club. Kim withdrew the day before that event’s start, confirming he was out with friends that night but denying it led to his WD there. He said soreness in his reconstructed thumb after surgery earlier in the year prevented him from teeing it up in Las Vegas.
Ironically, Couples, the 36-hole leader who’s playing with a bad back, outlasted both of his younger playing partners. Bubba Watson withdrew complaining of an oblique strain after the first round.