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It’s official. Golf’s greatest enigma is returning from the shadows.

Anthony Kim, once the shining star on the PGA Tour, will make his first competitive start in 12 years this week.

The charismatic American’s disappearance from the spotlight has been one of the most intriguing golf stories never told, but we will now find out what really happened to the 38-year-old – and what he’s got left.

Kim has signed a once unthinkable deal to join LIV Golf and will make his debut on the Saudi-backed circuit as one of the wildcards during the third event of the season in Jeddah.

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In a LIV Golf video shared by commissioner Greg Norman, Kim’s comeback is being dubbed the ‘Dance of Redemption.”

Kim’s last competitive start came in May 2012 aged 26, when he withdrew after just one round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Now, over a decade later, he will tee it up at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi with huge interest about the quality of his game.

Kim, of course, has proven at the elite level that he is a hugely talented player. He is a winner of three PGA Tour titles and starred in a winning US Ryder Cup team in 2008.

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He made a record 11 birdies in a single round in the 2009 Masters at Augusta National.

But Kim, now nearing his forties, hasn’t played a professional round for well over 12 years and struggled towards the end of his time on the PGA Tour with a string of missed cuts and withdrawals.

It appears a huge challenge for Kim to be competitive , but we won’t know how his game looks until he tees it up on Friday in Jeddah.

Here’s how the golf world has reacted to Kim’s return on social media…

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