Who is Anthony Kim and Where Did He Come From?

Andrew PargoffCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2008

Who is Anthony Kim, you ask? Kim was born in 1985 in Los Angeles, but he now calls Dallas home.

Kim has been thrust into the spotlight this past week for his part in the U.S. Ryder Cup team breaking its winless streak.

It was hard not to take a liking to Kim after seeing his swagger on the course. He was never one to keep his emotions tucked away. Whenever he would hit a big shot, his emotions would be well-worn on his sleeve. Fist pumps galore!

Kim was never afraid to let the crowd, his teammates, or his opponents know how he felt. The crowd fed off of that. Players like Kim celebrating get the crowd into it. So does  Boo Weekly riding the pony off the tee box on one hole. The U.S. team had their share of players who kept the spectators loose, which I'm sure they appreciated.

Back to the bigger story, Anthony Kim earned his PGA Tour Card in 2007 after qualifying school. He won the AT&T National and the Wachovia Championship this year. He also tied for seventh place in The Open Championship.

Kim has had an impressive year, earning over $3 million. What would cap that off better than sending the Europeans out empty handed? Nothing.

Kim definitely played a role with his superb play all weekend, winning while paired with Phil Mickelson, and on Sunday when he squared off with Sergio Garcia and won 5 and 4.

So here's to you, Anthony Kim. Keep 'em coming. It's good to get to see the up-and-coming players in golf. Vijay is old, Ernie Els is getting up there, Phil is just Phil.

Oh and a shout out to Boo Weekly. YOU MY BOY, BOO!