LIV Golf Houston: Anthony Kim Returns To Scene Of Last Victory

Anthony Kim is back at the venue where he won the 2010 Shell Houston Open, his last victory as a professional

Anthony Kim hits a drive and an inset of him holding the Houston Open trophy in 2010
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It was 14 years and 2 months ago when a 24-year-old Anthony Kim sealed his third PGA Tour title a week before heading to Augusta as one of the favorites for the 2010 Masters.

Kim triumphed at the Shell Houston Open courtesy of a playoff win over Vaughn Taylor to move up to 14th in the world rankings and look more and more likely to become one of his generation's best players.

It was his third win in three years and he would go on to finish 3rd at the Masters behind Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood to record his best ever Major finish.

Yet just two years later he played his final PGA Tour event and wasn't seen until 12 years later, when he came out of the golfing wilderness and joined the LIV Golf League.

Kim, who has been open on the struggles he encountered during his time away, has played in five LIV Golf events so far this year, with a best finish of 50th-place coming in Hong Kong where he shot the best round of his return - a five-under-par 65 - in the final round.

He followed that up with two rounds in Adelaide before withdrawing and then placing 52nd in Singapore the following week. Kim has had a month off to work on his game before what will be a return to a happy hunting ground this week.

Houston hosts its first event on the LIV Golf schedule at The Golf Club of Houston, which was the venue for the PGA Tour's Houston Open from 2003 to 2019. 

Kim tamed it in 2010 with rounds of 66, 69, 69 and 70 for a 12-under-par total, and with 14 competitive rounds under his belt this year he'll certainly be hoping for his best LIV Golf finish to date.

Ian Poulter celebrates holing a putt

Ian Poulter's last win also came at the Golf Club of Houston in 2018

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The Golf Club of Houston is also the scene of Ian Poulter's last victory, which came at the 2018 Houston Open thanks to a playoff win over Beau Hossler, which got him into the Masters field the following week.

Fellow Englishman and LIV Golfer Paul Casey won here in 2009, while Phil Mickelson triumphed in 2011 and Matt Jones, who plays for Cameron Smith's Ripper GC team, was the victor in 2014.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV