A few days ago, I read an article about the forgotten man who is Anthony Kim and he went from being America’s next rising star to a golfing myth.
Kim burst on to the scene in 2008 where he made the U.S.A Ryder Cup team and became an influential part in their only Ryder Cup victory since 1999. His immense ability saw him win the Quail Hollow Championship in 2008 by an incredible five shots and the American continued this fine form with victory at the AT&T National just nine weeks later.
All this success didn’t come easy and soon the hard work and effort he was putting in began to take its toll. Kim Withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship back in 2012 because of tendonitis in the elbow. This injury ruled him out for months but a further injury to his Achilles has forced him out of golf altogether. Or though we think.
The rumours are that Kim has an insurance policy against a career ending injury which has been pegged at a value of up to $10 million, tax-free. Friends of Kim’s say the value is more than that and have said if Kim makes one swing on the tour the policy could be voided.
This article from Golf.com got me thinking. Who will be the next name to be forgotten?
The young Italian Matteo Manassero is a name that has rarely been mentioned in the past two years. The Italian was the youngest ever winner on the European Tour at the tender age of 17 when he won the Castello Masters in 2010 and was the youngest ever winner of three tournaments at the age of 20. But since his last victory at the BMW Championship in 2013, his biggest victory to date, he has only made two top tens which has seen him drift outside the top 200 in the world rankings and out of the spotlight.
There is one player who will never be forgotten and will always be spoken about but mainly for his achievements from yesteryear. Tiger Woods. His recent poor run of form and recurring back injury has put him in the dark when it comes to good performances on tour. His slow demise in golf has become as a shock to most but almost an inevitability in the present day golfing world. As players like Rory Mcilroy, Henrik Stenson and Jordan Speith to name a few begin to dominate and bring in a new era of golf, is there still any room for the former world number 1 Tiger Woods.