Pain doesn't care about success, and Kim finally had to go under the knife on Tuesday, having a surgery on his left thumb that will keep him out of competitive golf for 10-12 weeks. That means Kim will not be at Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open in June, and he could possibly miss the British Open, July 15-18.
Kim suffered a partial ligament tear a few months back and was having to do other things to overcompensate for the throbbing thumb, including making adjustments that caused him a sore shoulder.
How devastating is this short-term for AK? He is playing some of the best golf of his career right now, with a win at the Shell Houston Open, a third place finish at the Masters and a tie for seventh at last week's Quail Hollow Championship in his last three events.
The third-place finish at Augusta was his highest ever at a major championship.
What are the long-term implications? It means that Team USA will have Kim back for the Ryder Cup, which is huge, and he won't have this thumb problem lingering anymore. It also means that he could be totally back for the PGA Championship, a major suited for player's breakthrough victories.
Still, it sucks that we won't have Kim in our lives for a couple of months.