Anthony Kim announced this week he will return to the PGA Tour after a three-month hiatus at next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and if the intensity of his rehabilitation is any indication he has no plans to ease his way back into the competitive fold.
“Honestly it looks really good. Some of his signature moves weren’t there at first, but after a while they all came back,” said Kim’s swing coach Adam Schreiber on Wednesday from Dallas, where he’s been working with his star pupil. “I am a little (surprised) he didn’t lose his signature move. He’s put so much work into it in the gym and his swing. I was pleasantly surprised with how tight his swing was.”
Kim finished tied for seventh at the Quail Hollow Championship in early May before going on the disabled list following surgery to repair a partial ligament tear in his left thumb. According to Schreiber, Kim started hitting shorter clubs a couple of weeks ago and has worked his way through his bag.
Schreiber estimates Kim is at about 70 or 80 percent on most of his swings and only experiences discomfort with his mid- to long-iron shots.
“He looks good, he’s strong. He’s been doing the right stuff for a long time and getting stronger and that definitely is helping his swing,” Schreiber said.
Kim was concerned when he had the surgery that he could jeopardize his spot on this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, but a solid finish at Augusta National (third) and a lack of movement on the American points list has left him ranked fourth and a virtual lock to make captain Corey Pavin’s squad.
“(The Ryder Cup) was a huge goal,” Schreiber said. “He never wants to be a captain’s pick. His pride definitely took over.”
During last week’s telecast of the Canadian Open Kim said he was careful not to rush his rehabilitation and Schreiber echoed those comments on Wednesday saying, “Nobody’s ever come back too late from an injury. He’s got to be tired of hearing me say that by now.”
After his extended break, Kim has an ambitious schedule the next few months, including the Bridgestone, the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup Playoffs.