Anthony Kim says he would never bet on golf -- it's illegal.
But there would have been plenty of wagers on the 25-year-old to win the RBC Canadian Open this week had he been able to compete.
Kim, one of only five golfers in the past 30 years to win three PGA events before turning 25, withdrew last Thursday on his doctor's advice. Ligaments in his thumb were surgically repaired in May, and he still has discomfort when hitting the ball.
He's at St. George's this week because of his "relationship" with RBC.
"It's so weird," Kim said Wednesday. "It's like I'm going through everything required to play in the event. I got here Tuesday, I'm here in media centre, I'm walking the course, talking to the guys, it feels like I'm playing but I don't have my clubs."
RESTING HIS THUMB
Expect Kim to compete at the PGA Championship, Aug. 12-15, if not before then. He said he needs the Ryder Cup points.
Already ranked No. 11 in the world, Kim suggested he'll be even more of a threat when he returns. Truth is, Kim hasn't been entirely healthy for the past two years, thumb and shoulder issues mainly.
"It was actually more stressful and frustrating not being able to hit the ball solidly (these past two years)," he said. "I hate to say it but (this break) has been good for my overall life. I've got great people around me, I'm starting to work out hard again, I'm on the right track.
"People sometimes say you have to take a step back to take two steps forward and I think I've done that. I feel like when I come back I'm going to be fresh and a lot stronger than I was before (the surgery)."