Anthony Kim won the Shell Houston Open in a sudden death playoff over Vaughn Taylor to win his third PGA tour title, and the first in 2 years. It was revealed today that he had been playing with a torn ligament in his thumb and that it will require surgery and keep him out of competition for a significant amount of time. He battled through the pain and won with the pressure of a playoff. He heads into the Masters, the first major of the golf season, with a lot of confidence and momentum, that is if his thumb can hold up.
AK had a putt to win it on the final hole of the tournament, but he wasn’t able to sink it, which pushed him into a playoff against Vaughn Taylor. However, he stood strong and focused to earn the Shell Houston Open win.
“Two years ago, that bag may have been in the water,” Kim said. “I might not have had clubs to go to the playoff. But I just feel calm out there, I feel no sense of urgency. It’s something that’s happened naturally and not something that’s been forced.
“I’m comfortable with who I am out there. I found my identity.”
“I just look back at last year, after the season was over, I was just complaining about everything,” Kim said. “I felt like I deserved to win a golf tournament without trying. That’s not how it is.”
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work, so I feel like when I’m out there, I know I’m going to do well. Having that confidence really has propelled my game, I feel like, to a different level.”