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Kim pain free for first time in 2010

THOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – Rumors of Anthony Kim’s pain have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to the young star.

Kim had surgery on his left thumb in May after winning at Quail Hollow and conceded on Saturday at the Chevron World Challenge he may have returned too early.

“I couldn’t practice like I wanted to and it really hurt my swing,” said Kim, who hurried his comeback in an attempt to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

However, Kim did dispute reports that the injury was still lingering. In fact, he said Wednesday’s practice round was the first time since the surgery to repair torn ligaments that he didn’t feel any pain.

“I was so excited,” he said. “I was almost too eager to get out there.”