Sep
9
2009
Cracked AK
By Stephanie Wei under General

According to a source, Anthony Kim isn’t feeling his usual swagger these days. The source chatted with AK’s trainer, Darby Rich, at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Rich said something like, “Ever since AK missed a crucial 3-foot putt at Congressional, he hasn’t had the confidence to make putts he should be making.” He also mentioned they were working on regaining his lost confidence.

Rich was likely referring to the 3-footer AK missed on the 8th hole in the final round of the AT&T National. He was playing with Tiger Woods, who shared the lead with him going into that day. But AK missed several short putts and finished with a lackluster one-over 71. He placed third.

So, it sounds like AK is struggling with a minor case of the yips. Amazing how one putt can shake a golfer’s confidence. Perhaps he’s calling on the powers of a sports psychologist, which wouldn’t be a surprise considering how important the mental game is.

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