AUGUSTA — With his mind firmly wrapped around the 'what ifs' surrounding the tragic death of 22-year-old Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Nick Adenhart, Anthony Kim made history Friday at the Masters. The 23-year-old Kim recorded 11 birdies during his round, breaking the course record set by Nick Price in 1986.
"I read a story this morning about (Adenhart), and it put everything in perspective," Kim said Friday after shooting a 75 on Thursday. "I just said, ‘Look, I'm out here at Augusta. It's been a dream of mine forever just to come out here’, and I just wanted to enjoy the moment."
Adenhart was killed Thursday morning when the car he was riding in was struck by an accused drunk driver.
"You don't know when it's going to be your time, so I'm just trying to appreciate where I am today," Kim said following his record-breaking round of 65. "If I three putt, so what? I'm at the Masters."
The Korean-American, University of Oklahoma graduate recorded birdies on six of his first eight holes, and then after a bogey at nine and a double-bogey at 10, finished his round with another streak of five birdies in seven holes.
"I don't really know what happened," he said. "My putter got hot, and my confidence kept getting bigger and bigger every hole. At first, I just wanted to make the cut, but I did better than that."
Ranked 14th in the world, the youthful Kim won twice on the PGA tour in 2008, but has struggled with injuries for most of 2009.
"People said 'Where has he gone?', but I'm still here. I'm still swinging and playing tournaments. My bandwagon is definitely smaller now, but I like where my game is."
Now five back of the leaders entering today's play, Kim relishes the opportunity in front of him.
"I think I was in 75th place yesterday," he said. "Now, I'm moving up, so if I can keep this up, if I can keep sinking putts, I like my chances."
Divots: Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller played their last rounds at the Masters Friday. Both former champions, Player bowed to the crowd on the 18th green thanking them for their support, and Zoeller shed tears before his final putt. ... Arizona Cardinals head coach and Augusta native Ken Whisenhunt followed Fred Couples and Rocco Mediate during Saturday's round. ...For the fourth consecutive year, no amateur made the cut, so the Silver Cup will not be awarded. The 'Low Amateur' award is only given to players who finish all 72 holes.