Anthony “AK” Kim is a Korean American professional golfer. He was born on June 19, 1985 at Los Angeles, California in the United States. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, United States.
Kim, a former Junior World champion and huge junior golfer, earned All-American honors at his university (The University of Oklahoma). Not only that, but he has also earned a Freshman of the Year award.
AK turned pro 2 years ago (2006) after receiving an invitation from a sponsor to play at the 2006 Valero Texas Open. He made this his debut into his professional career, achieving a tie for second on the said PGA Tour. He came to earn his PGA Tour card in 2007 through the qualifying school.
He started off with a bang, and broke through the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings by May 2007. This was mostly contributed by the four Top 10 finishes he had while on his rookie season on the PGA Tour.
By May 2008, AK achieved his first PGA Tour win at the Wachovia Championship. He defeated former champion of the British Open, Ben Curtis, by five shots. For this particular victory, AK earned a whopping $1,152,000 and climbed up to a career-high rank of 16th in the world.
One of the traits of AK’s swing is that he keeps the rotation of his left arm up until late into the downswing. This in turn keeps the club shaft pointing directly towards the target line and perfectly on the plane. This allows the club to produce more power.
AK keeps himself fit and tone, focusing on his core (abdomen). With a relatively strong core, Kim is able to generate power when changing direction from the backswing to the downswing. The core strength stabilizes his body throughout his swing, and in turn keeping a good posture.
Currently, Kim has a total of 4 professional victories, 3 of which were won on the PGA Tour. Although he has yet to win a Major Championship, he has done well so far, even placing 3rd in the 2010 Masters Tournament. Unfortunately, 2010 was an injury filled season for Kim, which had him sidelined for most of the season.