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Anthony Kim: Did the "Loose Cannon" Party Too Much in Vegas?

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 29:  Anthony Kim warms his hands as he walks to the third green during the first round of the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on April 29, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Shane PattonCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2010

After ditching Justin Timberlake's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Anthony Kim has come under fire for his reported "party behavior."

The 25-year-old apparently threw a party in Las Vegas where he reportedly began spraying champagne from a $25,000 bottle of Dom Perignon all over a dance floor.

There were even claims of up to 115 bottles being sprayed all around by Kim before he popped the top on the $25,000 Dom Perignon.

A dealer at the Bellagio has dubbed Kim a "loose cannon" due to his wild behavior. DJ Exodus, who performed at the club in Vegas where Kim cut loose with the champagne tweeted that, "Anthony Kim is an animal...115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with."

Pretty impressive for someone who recently recovered from thumb surgery and had previously agreed to participate in Justin Timberlake's charity event. Timberlake's charity golf event was the reason Kim was even in Vegas at the time.

This behavior is not new to Anthony Kim. In 2009, Kim was accused by fellow golf pro, Robert Allenby of staying up all night and drinking till dawn (approximately 4 am), which would have been no big deal except for the fact that Kim had a match that very day.

Kim's behavior has hurt him professionally as well as publicly. He had his European Tour application rejected due to his lack of participating in the minimum of 12 tournaments required for qualification.

Kim had hoped to obtain a medical exemption, but the tour committee stated that he had not made enough attempts to participate in any events after he was healed from the surgery.

Burning his bridges with celebrities, sponsors and fellow golf pros will take an effect on Kim if he continues down this road. There have been many great athletes who burn out before they ever reach the peak of their profession.

Kim has a chance. At 25, he has the ability to be one of the top professional golfers in the world. He has only been a pro since 2006, yet his career earnings are just short of $12,000,000. Kim earned $2,574,921 in 2010 alone.

So far, Kim's behavior is still relegated to rumors and urban legend. Dave Haggith, Kim's agent, rejects the idea that Kim missed the Children's Open due to his wild partying, calling the party and Kim's withdrawal from the event, "completely unrelated."

Time will tell if Haggith is correct or just playing the good agent and spinning the story to spare Kim further embarrassment.

Anthony Kim may struggle due to his partying behavior, but he does have one first-place victory, the Shell Houston Open, as well as three top-three finishes and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Tiger Woods is living proof that you can't keep a secret hidden from the media forever. If Kim is out of control, someone will find out and most likely sooner than later.

 

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