Ryder Rookie Kim Relaxes

By Brian HewittSeptember 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
Instructor Adam Schriber and golf supernova Anthony Kim have been working together ever since Kim was a young junior in the Palm Springs, Calif. area.
The two are very close. And neither is shy about letting the other know whats on his mind. So when Schriber spoke with Kim Monday morning after the BMW Championship to offer a few pointed remarks about his play late Sunday, Kim told him to save it.
Kim had just finished T-3 in the third FedExCup event and it had marked his seventh event in the last eight weeks. I need, Kim told Schriber, to get away from golf for a few days.
Schriber backed off. He said he will likely get with Kim later this week and he will be with him next week at the Ryder Cup matches in Louisville.
Hes so pumped, Schriber said. And hes been pumped. I think hes the perfect match-play player. But Im biased.
The 23-year-old Kim is a Ryder Cup rookie but he got everybodys attention in the 2005 Walker Cup played at historic Chicago Golf Club in which the Americans edged the team from GB&I 12 to 11 .
Schriber said he thinks Kim makes a good partner for anybody. But, he added, he has heard the rumors that American captain Paul Azinger is leaning toward pairing Kim with Phil Mickelson. I dont know where that started, Schriber said. But they have played some together in practice recently.
Schriber said he has had nothing to do with the idiosyncratic way Kim chokes down, almost an inch, on all his full shots with all of his clubs.
He said the habit goes back to Kims childhood when he was shorter than most other players his age. Schriber also said it was, in part, a result of the fact that Kims first set of clubs were handed down from his father.
Ive never tried to change it, Schriber says now. The advantages are control and confidence. If I could trace a reason for him to change this, Id go after it. But I see no reason.
Morgan Pressel, a winner at the Kraft Nabisco in 2007 but winless on the LPGA in 2008, is taking an extremely aggressive approach to getting better.
While Pressel remains, for now, under the eye of Golf Digest 50 Greatest teacher Martin Hall, the swing coach she has been with since she was a young girl, she is seeking and getting help from several other quarters.
Pressel has begun working with Schriber in an attempt to gain more length off the tee. Right now she ranks 155th in driving distance on the LPGA with an anemic average of 230.7 yards.
She has also enlisted the help of Dave Stockton and his son, Ron, to improve her short game and putting. Plus, she is expected to soon visit renowned core strength expert Mark Verstegen of Athletes Performance at his California headquarters.
Morgan Pressel, said her IMG agent Chris Armstrong, is exploring avenues as she tries to get back to the level she wants to be at.
Mike Keiser, the developer who gave the golf world the widely-hailed Bandon Dunes in Oregon, is collaborating with Golf Club Atlas Developments and KemperSports on an interesting new golf course project in Canada.
The reasons why this one is more intriguing than most are several:
Keiser has hired a Canadian golf course architect, Rod Whitman, to design the course that will be oceanfront and walking only. It will be a links course that will start its routing in the remote town of Inverness and wind its way gently down to the beach.
KemperSports is the same management firm that worked hand-in-hand with Keiser on the development of Bandon Dunes.
Cabot Links is the name of the new track and it will be situated on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, north of Halifax.
Meanwhile Beechtree Golf Club, a Tom Doak design in Aberdeen, Md., will close at the end of the year. Doak was the architect on Pacific Dunes, Keisers second course at Bandon.
Beechtree was Doaks seventh design and fell victim to the economy. Local officials decided better land use for the property would be the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, a 750-unit development.
In its announcement of the closing, Doaks people said, If you happen to be on the East Coast this fall, we encourage you to play it once more before its gone.
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