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Anthony Kim is finally back on a leaderboard

Shane Bacon
Devil Ball Golf

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If there is one trend going for Anthony Kim that he hopes doesn't continue, it is this one -- playing well in your opening event of the season, and then disappearing for the remainder of the season.

Last year he did it at the Mercedes Championship, finishing in a tie for second only to card two more top-10s the rest of the season and see enough problems in his approach that he decided to cut down his entourage and focus more on the game and less on the game.

Friday, at a raining, miserable Riviera, Kim put together a sweet little 66 that included four two's on his scorecard and has him in the top-10 once again. Blame it on his maturity, blame it on Jay Leno, but anyone will agree that if the United States is going to have a young American claim a major anytime soon, it will probably be this fellow.

It's obvious that AK loves fame, and there isn't anything wrong with that, but we've seen it deter him twice already in his short career and that is a problem for fans of the flashy belt-buckles.

One request to Kim from us all -- focus on birdies for two more days, claim a trophy in the town you grew up in, and then go out to Hollywood and buy as many bottles as you'd like. Just make sure to win this thing before you do that.

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