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Anthony Kim out with a shoulder injury

World number eight Anthony Kim has pulled out of this week’s Bob Hope Classic because of a sore left shoulder, depriving the PGA Tour event of its highest-ranked player.

The 23-year-old Korean-American is a graduate of the nearby La Quinta High School and considers the Hope Classic his hometown tournament.

“I’m very disappointed…especially considering it’s played in Palm Springs, where I lived, and I had so many friends and family coming to watch,” Kim said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kim, who tied for second in the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, experienced discomfort in his shoulder while practising on Monday and was advised to take this week off to have treatment.

“We don’t consider my shoulder to be anything too serious,” he said. “I don’t expect to miss extended time but it is important to be cautious with it at this early stage in the season.”

In his absence, fellow American Steve Stricker, the world number 16, will be the highest-ranked in the Bob Hope Classic field.

One of the most exciting young talents in the game, Kim won twice on the 2008 PGA Tour to break through into the top flight.

He was also an inspirational figure while helping the United States win the Ryder Cup for the first time in nine years with a 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 victory over Europe in Kentucky in September.


January 21, 2009

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