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Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament

Kim may not play 18 before Thursday

By Marla Published: August 3, 2010

Anthony Kim will play his first tournament in three months this week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and he might do it without a full 18-hole practice round.

Kim said he would try to play 18 Tuesday afternoon, but more likely it would be nine  Tuesday and nine Wednesday before he tees off with British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen at 10 a.m. Thursday in the $8.5 million event.

''I'm here to prepare for next week,'' Kim said of the PGA Championship at Whistling Staits. ''I've got four days of golf guaranteed, even if I shoot 110.''

Kim, 25, said he had been hitting balls for 12 days and putting one-handed for the last month.

His status in the Bridgestone may not have been assured until Kim saw his doctor Tuesday and underwent another MRI.

Kim underwent surgery on his left thumb on May 5, repairing a partially torn ligament that had been bothering him for months. He still managed to win the Houston Open on April 4 and finish third at the Masters the next weekend with the problem.



 When Kim's surgery was announced, his surgeon Thomas Graham of the National Hand Center in Baltimore told the Associated Press Kim should miss 10 to 12 weeks.  Kim said his focus is on the making the U.S. Ryder Cup team, which will defend its title against the Europeans in Wales in late September. Kim starred on the 2008 Ryder Cup squad that upset the Europeans at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

Ryder Cup qualifying ends after the PGA Championship and Kim is currently No. 5 in the U.S. standings.



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