Monday, October 12, 2009
A Little Love for Anthony Kim
I just wanted to give a little shoutout to Anthony Kim for this whole "out until 4AM when you tee off at 9AM" thing.
No, I'm not giving him credit for getting plastered, no matter if he did or didn't, or how he came back at Robert Allenby for being a prick about the whole thing ("If Robert had that to say," Kim said, "he may need to go practice a little bit more). My credit lies simply with this -- If you're able to go out and booze until 4, come back to the hotel, sleep until 7:30 or 8, go get ready for a match and shoot 6-under, you, like my good friend Mike Gundy once said, are a MAN.
See, here is what you have to factor in. Kim was the first afternoon match out, winning with Jim Furyk over Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera. So, he had to wait around for all the other matches to end, and then had to go to a team meeting I'm assuming. Well, who wouldn't want a beer after all that?
So, say he went and hit up the bar scene for a little, and then got some drunk food when the bars closed down and got back to the hotel at 4 AM. Now, he has to wake up to pee/throw up at 6:30 AM, and do the obligatory, "Oh man, I really wish it wasn't 6:30 AM this sucks" clock check that every hungover person does. Now, he gets another hour or so of sleep before Couples is banging on his door. He "snoozes" the captain for a while, and eventually wakes up. Now, he has to do the other obligatory hungover move ... stand in the shower looking at his feet wondering why the hell he drank so much the night before. He does this for 20 minutes, gets out, tosses on the clothes and his iPod, heads out and fires 6-under.
What is so impressive about all of this? He shot 6-under after going out all night!!! Have you ever hit a golf ball super hungover? They might as well force someone to hit a boulder. Everything is stiff, you can't swing as well, you aren't focused and you can't read greens for shit. Kim overcame all of these things and won his match.
So, yeah, from the "if you're hungover, you still better win" camp of thinking, Kim deserves a high five. Or, just don't get slaughtered when the team is counting on you. Either one works.