Anthony Kim hitting balls, looking at Canadian Open return

Sidelined since surgery on his left thumb in May, Anthony Kim is
hitting balls again and hopes to play at the RBC Canadian Open, which
begins July 22 at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto,
according to Kim's agent.Kim had a great start to the 2010
season, winning the Houston Open and finishing fourth at the Masters
despite playing with a torn ligament in his thumb. After the Quail
Hollow Championship in May, Kim said that playing through the thumb
injury was starting to cause other physical problems. He elected to
have surgery on May 6.Doctors predicted a 10-to-12 week
recovery for Kim. The Canadian Open will begin almost exactly 10 weeks
after his surgery, so his recovery appears to be going according to
schedule. According to his agent, Kim is happy that he hasn't fallen
too far in Ryder Cup qualifying points. Kim is third in Ryder Cup
points after Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk despite missing the last two
months. The top eight players automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup
in Wales this October.Before his surgery, Kim said that making
the Ryder Cup team was a top priority. He was one of Team USA's
breakout stars at the 2008 Ryder Cup, posting a record of 3-0-1 and beating
Sergio Garcia 5&4 in Sunday singles.Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alan Shipnuck contributed to this report.

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