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After 12 years away, Anthony Kim set to make return in LIV Golf event

Golf’s renowned talent who had disappeared from the scene is making a comeback. Anthony Kim is set to return to professional golf after a hiatus of 12 years and participate as a wild card in LIV Golf’s event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this week.

LIV commissioner Greg Norman hinted at Kim’s return in a social media video on Monday, and Kim’s presence on the driving range was noticed on Tuesday. Sports Business Journal’s Josh Carpenter captured a photo of a placard with Kim’s name, and YouTube golfer Andy Carter shared a video of Kim practicing on Instagram.

Previously a rising star in the golfing world, Kim, now 38, had won two PGA Tour events and had represented the Ryder Cup team by the age of 23. However, injuries forced Kim to step away from the sport at 26, leading to speculations and mystery surrounding his absence.

Kim’s enigmatic aura grew during his absence due to reports of him living off a substantial insurance policy. His potential and the circumstances of his departure intensified the intrigue around his potential return, which Golf.com reported in January. Finally, Kim is back, playing with LIV, a league supported by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia that could facilitate his return with signing bonuses and substantial event purses.

Kim is expected to compete as a solo participant this week and not as part of LIV’s 13 teams. His return signifies a fascinating turn in the trajectory of golf, considering he was once hailed as the next big star after Tiger Woods. Kim’s unique playing style and charisma made him a favorite among fans, and his past successes have only added to the anticipation of his return.

Although injuries limited Kim’s progress and he didn’t achieve the stardom that was predicted for him, his comeback presents an opportunity for fans to rediscover his talent and potential. The focus now shifts to how Kim performs and sustains interest in his return to professional golf.

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