Anthony Kim may be leaving Las Vegas earlier than planned. After a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal described the young Tour star as a "loose cannon" who cursed up a storm at the craps tables, AK has officially withdrawn from the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, citing the thumb injury that sidelined him for most of this season.
When I asked Kim's agent about the extent of AK's thumb, which had apparently been been bothering him earlier in the week, IMG's Dave Haggith described it as part of the "recovery process."
Haggith also said that the incident at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino--where Kim was reportedly admonished for being loud and rowdy--has nothing to do with Kim's WD from the tournament.
"The two are completely unrelated," says Haggith, who also believes the media coverage of the incident at the Bellagio as been overblown. "He was being boisterous and he was asked to calm down and he was compliant."
Normally a story about a Tour player going out and having fun on a Monday night wouldn't make many headlines, but Kim has been in this position before. At the 2009 Presidents Cup, Robert Allenby referred to AK as the "current John Daly," saying that the then-24-year-old was up drinking until 4 a.m. the night before a match. Allenby later apologized, but the damage to Kim's reputation was already done.
Since then, however, Kim has largely avoided controversy, and was tearing up the ranks until his injury sidelined him earlier this season.
"One thing that [Anthony]'s been very smart about and that he's made clear is that he understands what's expected of him during tournaments," Haggith says, "It's different than his off-days, when he's on his own time."
The LVRJ story isn't the only one that describes Kim's "boisterous" Vegas nightlife, however. Palms Casino's DJ Exodus treated his followers to this tweet at 3:02 AM Tuesday morning:
Anthony Kim is an animal 115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with...No word yet on whether or not Dom Perignon has been approved as a treatment for a torn thumb ligament, but I hear the clinical trials have been very encouraging.