Over at Geoff Shackleford's blog, 4PuttAfficianado is commenting on Geoff's story, "MIA Files: Anthony Kim Wrestles With Playing...Or Cashing Out".
The story goes that AK's tough call is whether or not to cash out or carry on and risk possible serious damage to his physical condition.
Somewhere north of 10 million dollars
Geoff writes, "The answer very well may lie in an insurance policy Kim has against a career-ending injury. An IMG source pegged its value at $10 million, tax-free. Kim's friend, who has had financial discussions with him, says, "It's significantly north of that. Not quite 20, but close. That is weighing on him, very much so. He's trying to weigh the risk of coming back. The way he's phrased it to me is, 'If I take one swing on Tour, the policy is voided.'"
Not quite the recluse
Unlike Howard Hughes, AK doesn't want to totally cut himself from company
"In April, Kim put his Xanadu in Dallas on the market for $2.2 million and has been staying with a girlfriend while he assesses his next move. He tools around town in a Rolls-Royce Ghost. It had been flossed out with custom rims, but recently he reinstalled the stock wheels. "He wants to be more incognito," his friend says, without irony."
Looking like a hobo
As to 4PuttAfficianado's reference to, "the game and style of Rickie Fowler"
I'm not so sure Rickie would like the comparison. For sure Rickie has longer than average hair but thankfully he's much quicker around the golf course compared to AK's agonisingly slow play.
Geoff reports, "He [AK} recently got his hair cut for the first time in eight months, but it still falls a couple of inches below his shoulders, which may explain why after a visit to Craig Ranch in July one staffer described him as looking like "a hobo." He arrived with five friends, including a young woman who was not dressed for golf. "She wasn't wearing much of anything," says the TPC employee."
Here's the link to Geoff
Quote of the Day
"He [AK] doesn't like where the Tour is heading. He feels like it's become even more corporate, that the fans and the Tour itself do not support his style. He has no love for the Tour officials. He was tired of them hassling him for every little thing and fining him for stupid stuff." - Remark by one of AK's acquaintances