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U.S. Golfer Kim Faces Ryder Cup-Threatening Thumb Surgery

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Anthony Kim said he will miss 2-3 months of the U.S. PGA Tour season after thumb surgery.

“It’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of when,” Kim said in a news conference today in Charlotte, North Carolina, site of this week’s Quail Hollow Championship. “The doctor told me when the pain gets too hard to deal with, that’s when I should do it.”

Kim said he’s trying to lock up a spot on the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 in Wales, before scheduling surgery. Kim has a detached ligament at the base of his left thumb, an injury he said has been bothering him for about 16 months,

While he’s second behind Phil Mickelson in the team point standings, he would lose valuable points if he skips any of the season’s three remaining major tournaments -- the U.S. Open in June, British Open in July and the PGA Championship in August. The top eight in points plus four captain’s picks make the U.S. team.

“We play four majors a year, but we only play one Ryder Cup every two years,” said Kim, who finished third at the Masters Tournament this month. “That event is very special to me.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Charlotte, North Carolina at 1320 or mbuteau@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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