Fri Oct 22 06:16pm EDT
Anthony Kim might have to live with the "party boy" label that has been pinned to him since he started to become a name on the PGA Tour, but when things are wrong, he's going to let us know.
Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck spoke with Kim after he withdrew from the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open after rumors were swirling that Kim had been out partying pretty hard earlier in the week before the tournament began.
The 25-year-old Kim confirmed that he had been out with some friends in Vegas, similar to any 25-year-old in Sin City, but said that a lot of the rumors, including the Tweet by DJ Exodus that Kim had bought upwards of 115 bottles in a nightclub, were over the top.
[Said Kim:] "That stuff is way, way exaggerated. There have been some crazy reports, like I was drinking 100-year-old cognac. I don't even know what cognac tastes like."
Kim pulled out of the tournament because of the nagging thumb injury that has haunted most of his 2010, and said absolutely none of the reason was because of his adventures around the Vegas Strip.
"I'm not going to deny my friends and I went out and had a great time in Vegas," says Kim, 25. "But that had absolutely nothing to do with me having to W/D. People may not want to believe that, but it's true."
Kim actually admitted to Shipnuck that he's recently hired a personal trainer, and was in Palm Springs working out at 5 a.m. and hitting balls all day before playing 36 holes. Of course, that isn't the part of the story that hits the presses when a dealer and a DJ are spitting out ridiculous things about your nightlife.
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- Kim is 25, and a professional athlete that seems to be popular amongst nearly anyone famous. He is the type of golfer that can win multiple majors, and has the bravado needed to possibly be No. 1 in the world someday. If he wants to go have some fun during the Fall Series when a tournament is in Vegas, who cares? It's his life, and his money, and while we all wish that our pro golfers would just sit in their hotel rooms, reading what the Gideons left us, that isn't the case, and it shouldn't be. He's single, he's cool, and he's going to have fun. Do you blame the guy?