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Anthony Kim’s surgery could keep him out an entire year

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Anthony Kim in better days. (Getty Images)

While the golf world's eyes focus on Royal Lytham & St Annes, closer to home a former star is suffering through some rough news.

Anthony Kim, who just three years ago was supposed to be the new herald of post-Tiger golf, has had surgery on his left Achilles tendon, and is expected to be out from 9-12 months. He had injured the tendon while doing some sprint training.

Kim broke through in 2008 when he won his first PGA Tour event (the Wells Fargo Championship), nearly won the Tour Championship and performed well in a United States victory in the 2008 Ryder Cup. But a succession of injuries to his wrist, elbow and thumb have sidelined him for long stretches since then.

This year, he has withdrawn from his last three tournaments, the Shell Houston Open, the Valero Texas Open and the Wells Fargo. He hasn't played competitively since the first round of the Wells Fargo, where he shot a 2-over 74. His best finish in only two cashes is a T42 at the Honda Classic.

Kim is 27 years old, still on the front edge of his career in golf terms. But he'll face a long, uncertain road to recovery.

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