In the past, Anthony Kim admitted to excessive partying and acting irresponsibly:
After all-night binges, he’d barely make his tee time. His “diet” consisted of pizza, French fries, and meatball subs—at 4 a.m.
But he reformed himself and stopped drinking for six months in 2008 and started a stringent workout program with Darby Rich, the former strength and conditioning coach at Oklahoma University.
Yesterday at the Presidents Cup, Robert Allenby, whom AK obliterated 5&3 in the singles match, bitterly accused him of staying out late the night before:
Maybe we should all take the theory of Anthony Kim. Get home at 4 o’clock (in the morning) and then go shoot 6 under.” Asked if his comments were on the record, Allenby said, “I don’t care. Ask his playing partners. Ask his team. He is the loosest cannon in that team…I’m just pissed off that I lost to him. Maybe I should have gone out with him.”
Burn. When AK heard the comments, he called them “absolutely false,” and suggested Allenby practice more.
He also denied a report that earlier in the week he was asked to leave a team event because “he was sweating and did not feel well.” A team member said captain Fred Couples told AK “to either be more presentable or go back to his room.” Freddie verified that AK returned to his room, but defended him:
He’s so much younger (24) than everybody else. He certainly doesn’t want to hang around with Kenny Perry and me…You know, it’s just the team room. Come on and eat and go home.’ I don’t expect him to sit and talk to the wives.
Freddie also consulted team mascot Michael Jordan on how to handle AK’s wayward behavior:
We picked on him a little bit and then I decided with Michael. Michael said, ‘Just let him go, and he’ll come back to you.’
At the end of the week, Freddie identified AK, who finished the week with a 3-1 record, as one of the most valued team players. He awarded him with “one of only four limited-edition Jordan basketball jerseys that he handed out to special achievers during the week.”
So yeah, perhaps Allenby should have gone binge-drinking.
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