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Anthony Kim

I have been watching the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta the last couple of nights on Foxtel.  Augusta is an challenging golf course of great length, complexity and with lightning-fast bent grass greens. The player who impressed me most so far in the tournament is the youthful Anthony Kim a 23-year old Korean American who seems to me to be the most exciting figure in modern golf since the arrival on the scene of Tiger Woods.  I am not saying he is most likely to win this event – if I had to back anyone I’d back the near-senior 48 year old Kenny Perry who seems to be playing as well as anyone in golf today.  In the first round Kim shot an ordinary 3-over-par 75. But in the second round he shot 11 birdies to record a 10 under par 65. It is a record number of birdies in the long history of the event at August.   Kim is as exciting as the Tiger in terms of the daring shots he plays and many (including perhaps Tiger himself) today see him as Tiger’s successor.  Not that I am writing Tiger Woods off.  He remains the greatest golfer of modern times and at age 33 is still young enough to dominate world golf for a decade or so.  But Kim is very young and although incredible talented has a long way to go.

This is a great study of the Kim swing.  This isn’t as pure but fascinating – a shot in Kim’s first major win at Wachovia.  Incredible strength and flexibility.  Dream on Harry – it is tragic. 

2 comments to Anthony Kim

  • Cougar Clarke Birdies Latrobe

    Birdie Birdie Par Birdie was the superbly economical scoreline for super Micro-Economist Prof Harry Clarke
    at the deserted sun drenched Latrobe Links today. MaryLou & Sue trembled on the adjoining fairway and felt sure they were holding Cougar’s game up. No No laughed Harry! Life was so so good. To be in the birdie zone is a rare and beautiful thing. So what if an occasional bogie slipped into the score card. What did that matter! 3 under the card for 4 holes. That perfect handicap of 18 must surely suffer soon. Time to hand a card in Harry! Otherwise the boys from Monday and Friday Pool will be baying for blood if you carry off the loot again.

    Congratulations Harry Clarke on your magnificent run of birdies. Years ago when I hypnotised some pro golfers to amazing performances, I became aware how important it was to expect to Birdie each hole in golf. For me this was the basic tenet of a Positive Psychology of Golf. To mark my epiphany, I proposed a Club in honour of the Birdie. It was the 54 Club. Anyone with at least 3 Birdies qualifies as a Bambino 3 Member of the 54 Club. Naturally Holes in One, Eagles & also qualify as a sacred Birdie. Welcome to membership of the 54 Club Harry!

  • hc

    Only once Tony in forty years! But yes a birdie has always seemed to me streets ahead of sniffing white powder and 3 is a real buzz.

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