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After more than a decade in the wilderness, Anthony Kim has returned to golf with LIV – and he’s bringing a buddy along to caddie for him.

Kim, 38, will make his first competitive start in 11 years, 9 months and 11 days when he plays in the LIV Golf Jeddah event after signing a deal with Greg Norman’s Saudi-funded golf league for the remainder of 2024.

The American will play in 11 events as a unaffiliated wild card. And whilst he’s not doing any interviews just yet as he looks to re-establish himself, he did tell the LIV website that he’s excited to be back.

It’s been a long time coming, and I’m very grateful for all the highs, lows and lessons learned from the first part of my career.

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“I want to compete with the best players in the world, and I’m on a mission to prove to myself that I can win again. The next step on that journey starts now, and I’m excited to give everything I’ve got this season on the LIV Golf League.”

Of course, every player needs a caddie and Kim has turned to a familiar face to do that for him, tabbing long-time close friend Ryan Todey to loop for him.

Todey was named in a 2014 Sports Illustrated article as being part of Kim’s “wolf pack” along with Stephen Ferguson, former agent Chris Armstgrong and one-time caddie Brodie Flanders.

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He even moved Todey, Ferguson and Flanders into his $2.3million, 10,000sq/ft bachelor pad in Dallas to serve in “various capacities”. The quartet were pictured in the same article riding in Kim’s drop-top Bentley.

It is not known if Todey will be on Kim’s bag beyond his comeback event.

Kim had various caddies during the six years he spent on the PGA Tour before walking away from the game in 2012. One of those was Eric Larson and, in a January 2023 interview with The New York Times, he revealed that he had discussed the prospect of joining LIV with the former phenom.

“He goes, ‘I don’t know. I really don’t know.’ ” said Larson. “I said, ‘Come on, man, get the old clubs out. Go out there and have some fun.’ And he starts laughing at me. He goes, ‘That’s what everybody wants me to do!’” 

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