Reports have come out this week regarding the preparation, or lack thereof, that Anthony Kim uses before a big match. Well known as a frat boy on Tour, it is reported that Kim stayed out drinking until 4 am Sunday morning before staggering to his hotel room to rest up for the final round of the President’s Cup. His opponent, Robert Allenby, alleges that he was told that Kim came back to the hotel “sideways” only hours before their matchup.
While I have no doubt this is true, I do have a problem with Allenby being the one to call out the 24-year old. Why? Because Allenby played like garbage on Sunday and lost 5 and 3 to the hung over party boy. Allenby named Kim the “modern-day John Daly”, as if that’s an insult? The bigger question is this, who is it more embarrassing for:
Anthony Kim, who won the match, helped contribute to the U.S. victory over the International team, and apparently had a great time along the way?
The U.S. President’s Cup team, which won the tournament and featured dominant golf all-around?
Or Robert Allenby, who was apparently well-rested enough to shoot +3 on Sunday, en route to a loss to Kim?
The verdict? Allenby, of course. There is no question that Kim has a reputation for his love of a few too many beers. Freddy Couples, the U.S. team captain even addressed the issue with Kim earlier in the week. But Anthony Kim was still able to show up to the course, hung over or not, and put together a solid tournament. Allenby, on the other hand, played poorly (5 bogeys, 2 birdies on Sunday) and is now bashing his opponent for his lifestyle. He even went as far as to say “He is the loosest cannon on that team.” So what, Allenby? The kid is 14 years younger than you, ranked one place higher than you, and has made more on Tour than you did this year. He neither hurt himself or his team. What’s your excuse?