Kim grabs late Open slot

Published 12/07/2011 18:38:45

The withdrawal of Tim Clark from the British Open means that US golfer Anthony Kim has ascended from the reserves to Group 32 of the 140-year-old tournament. The Californian will tee off alongside Sandy Lyle and Rory Sabbatini at midday on Thursday.

Kim is arguably, lucky to receive a place at Sandwich, and will no doubt feel that he has a lot to prove at the Royal St. George's Golf Club. Those looking at the golf the Open betting won't be expecting him to won't be expecting him to make an impact.

The American's golf has fallen on stony ground in recent months; 2011 is believed to be the worst season of his professional career. "To put it mildly, it's been a frustrating year", the player said. "I wasn't sure I would [attend the Open] after the stretch I've had."

Kim achieved a third place finish at the Masters last year, but his fortunes quickly turned sour. He did not play in the US Open in 2010, and thumb surgery ruled the golfer out of last year's Open Championship at St. Andrews Links. He then failed to make the halfway cut in the 2010 PGA Championship, and repeated the feat at the Masters in 2011. The number of cuts Kim has made in major competitions has decreased every year from a career high of 20 in 2007, to just 10 last year. Those following the Betfair golf betting may not expect to see him in the last two days of the tournament.

The 26-year-old claims to be tired of answering the question, "what is wrong with your game?"

Clark, who was prolific in the early 2000s, winning three times on the European Tour and twice on the Sunshine Tour, pulled out of the Open last week, due to tendonitis in his elbow. The British Open will be the second consecutive Major that Clark has missed due to the condition.


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