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"I played much better than the score." Anthony Kim reflects on his opening round at LIV Golf Jeddah

Wild Card player Anthony Kim shot a 6-over 76 in his return to professional golf at LIV Golf Jeddah on Friday.
Photo by Matthew Harris/LIV Golf

With the golfing world buzzing about Anthony Kim's comeback to professional golf following a 12-year break, it was inevitable that his opening round at LIV Golf Jeddah would draw considerable attention.

Playing in a group with Graeme McDowell and Cameron Smith, AK nailed his tee shot down the fairway on his opening hole. However, understandable rust led to some wayward shots on his way to a first round of 6-over 76.

Speaking afterwards Kim said: "Obviously disappointed with the score, but I played much better than the score. I’ve got a lot to build on.

"I would be lying to say that I didn't have certain expectations. At least even if I played bad, I thought I would shoot around par. It was unfortunate that I made so many unforced errors from the middle of the fairway. That's generally my strength is my iron game. To make so many unforced errors is really disappointing.

"Obviously it puts a little damper on things when you don’t play well, but as far as the experience that we’ve had and the people that are here helping us, it’s been amazing

"Never felt anything like it, and I’m so excited to be a part of this. Look forward to being a part of this for a long daughter is having the best time, and that’s the most important thing."

Legion XIII GC Captain Jon Rahm shot an 8-under 62 on Friday and is tied for the lead at LIV Golf Jeddah.
Photo by Jon Ferrey/LIV Golf

LIV newbies Jon Rahm and Adrian Meronk share the lead at 8-under after opening rounds of 62. Rahm's Legion XIII sit atop the team leaderboard at 17-under, one shot clear of Stinger GC.

Speaking after his round Rahm said, 'I feel like my record when I'm playing tournaments for the first time has been pretty good for some reason. Sometimes not knowing is a blessing."

For round two tee times, as well as all the information about this week's tournament, check out our LIV Golf Jeddah page.