The life of Anthony Kim has taken another bizarre twist. In a recent charity auction in Norman, Oklahoma, a round of golf with Kim went for the low price of $24,500 according to local newspaper The Oklahoman.
There are two questions that come to mind. One, why was the price to play with Kim so high? and two, who would pay it?
A former standout at the University of Oklahoma, Kim was a three-time PGA Tour winner and a rare member of a victorious American Ryder Cup team (2010). Before the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth came along–or even Patrick Reed–Kim was the future of American golf.
And at 29, he still has plenty of future left. Just not in the professional game by all accounts. Kim last played a PGA Tour event in 2012 when injuries derailed his promising career. Now, according to a Golf.com report published last year, the Californian can collect an insurance claim worth more than $10 million if he never tees it up on the pro circuit again.
In his time off, Kim enjoyed a lifestyle more associated with the Big Four sports and not the character-conscious golf. Some viewed the excursions to night clubs as another sign of immaturity for a player who flamed out. Others believed Kim to be a young man looking for distractions during a difficult time. The answer, as always, is that it’s likely some of both.
Kim’s recluse nature and flash-in-the-pan success drove up the bidding price at the auction, hosted by country singer Toby Keith. It’s a rare opportunity to catch a round with a golfer in his would-be prime. Plus, it’s the notorious Anthony Kim and maybe a night out would follow the walk off the 18th green.
There’s another way to look at this, too. Kim has always been one to do things his own way. Perhaps this is a genuine attempt to reenter the sport, while promoting goodwill. After all, no one is silent on a golf course for four hours. The winning bidder will ask questions and you would think Kim would answer them. You can imagine the firestorm that will engulf #GolfTwitter when that happens, especially if the responses come with hints of a comeback.
All of this is speculation, of course, which basically defines Kim in 2015. But really… $24.5 thousand?
Maybe Golf.com, Golf Digest or one of the top reporting agencies should have purchased the round. That’s 4.5 hours worth of quality interview time right there.