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SPOTTED: Anthony Kim “recent” swing sighting?

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Anthony Kim, once one of the best golfers in the world, hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since 2012. Today, he’s only 33 years old, but he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place with an apparent insurance situation. Essentially, if he plays, he allegedly loses a bunch of money. Here’s more on those details.

On the Tuesday of 2018 Ryder Cup week, Instagram user and golf teacher @jamesridyard posted a video of Anthony Kim. The original video description said it was a recent video, but the description has since been updated saying “not my video.” Geez, even the Instagram descriptions about Anthony Kim are mysterious.

When is this video from exactly? We’re working on figuring that out right now. We’ve even tried identifying the model of his shoes to see when they released, but no luck yet. They look like Nike Roshe’s but with Air Force soles? Either way, the video is certainly from post-2012, that we know for sure.

Update: @jamesridyard says the video is “at least two years old” in a recent update of his video description. This news broke the golf internet’s collective heart, but we have to remember, seeing Anthony Kim’s swing from 2 years ago is better than nothing at all.

Check out the post below for yourself…

 

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#AK ???? (pt 2) #soundup . . . Not my ????

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What do you think of Anthony Kim’s “recent” move?

Note: We will update this story when we confirm exactly when this video is from.

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  1. Liberty Applew

    Oct 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

    This is `trending’. And has been for two weeks now.

  2. Mark O

    Oct 8, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I saw AK hit balls last night at Woodley lakes range in LA. Watched him chip, putt and hit a large grinding on some moves. Wider stance, didn’t move off the ball as much and was hitting f’ing lasers. I went up to him and complimented his swing, said you look a lot like Anthony Kim. His reply was trying to be somebody. I took a video from behind of him smashing driver…

  3. MW

    Oct 6, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Fake news! C’mon Golfwrx. Don’t become like all of the other media outlets that fill spaces with made up stories. Is that what they teach in journalism school now?

  4. Shua

    Sep 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    How you gonna name yourself after a gun (AK)… and have a man bun??? (the lines are not original)

    • James

      Sep 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      He didn’t name himself, genius. I get what you’re going for but it doesn’t work at all in this case. Machine Gun Kelly actually gave himself that name, Anthony Kim did not.

  5. HKO

    Sep 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    would love to see him play on the tour again, of course.
    but that decision is his, not ours. leave him alone.

  6. T-Boner

    Sep 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Swings like that are a dime a dozen on the PGA Tour. That man-bun, however, is lit.

  7. JP

    Sep 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Wouldn’t he have made way more staying on tour?

    Maybe he really was injured pretty seriously?

    • smiths

      Oct 14, 2018 at 10:53 am

      It looks like a beautiful and peaceful place, would be nice to go play golf or just sit and relax for while in a good weather. Places like these should be promoted more.

  8. Tom

    Sep 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    If you can swing all out as evidenced in this video, wouldn’t claiming insurance money for “not being able to play” be insurance fraud?

  9. Kevin

    Sep 26, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Why not just have a sponsor step up and pay whatever he owes, to stage an epic comeback??

    • Ty Webb

      Sep 26, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Because apparently it is like 10mm. You want to volunteer?

  10. Tom

    Sep 26, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Didn’t he hurt himself after wearing all those oversized and gaudy “AK” belt buckles?

  11. CrashTestDummy

    Sep 26, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Anthony Kim sightings are more rare than Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster sightings. If he came back to the tour, it would be the 2nd biggest media frenzy of a comeback on the PGA tour next to Tiger.

  12. Roger F.

    Sep 25, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I hope he ended his friendship with whoever told him to file an insurance claim.

  13. Al

    Sep 25, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Shoes could be Air force 1 Flyknit? I believe they were released 2017.

  14. Ev

    Sep 25, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    A mountain of talent gone away. This man had the talent to dominate the tour.

    • Jack Nash

      Sep 26, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Agree, but maybe not dominate but definitely top 10 material. Strange situation in deed.

  15. Ash

    Sep 25, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    The man bun went out at least 2 years ago. No chance that’s recent.

  16. Ka

    Sep 25, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Yup that is an old video. He doesn’t look like that any more.

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

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With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

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Air Jordan XXXII

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

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Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

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