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Anthony Kim, who chose LIV Golf to make his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour, finished last in the first event.

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Anthony Kim put together one of his best rounds on the course since returning to professional golf this weekend, but he finished dead last in his first LIV golf event.

Kim finished the weekend in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 16-over par, 32 strokes behind event winner Joaquin Niemann.

Kim, a former prodigy on the PGA Tour who has been missing from the game for more than a decade, posted 4-over rounds on Sunday that were better than the 7-over rounds he posted on Friday and Saturday. He finished under par in his final 14 holes on Sunday, which some might consider good progress.

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Anthony Kim waits to play his tee shot on the 16th hole during Day 2 of the LIV Golf Invitational – Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on March 2, 2024 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. (Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Others, however, may say Kim's time in professional golf has come.

But in his first competitive action in a while, Kim got off to a brutal start in LIV golf.

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“Obviously, it's been a tough week,” Kim said, per Yahoo Sports. “I'm excited to be playing professional golf again and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity.”

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Kim's return to professional golf made waves when ESPN initially reported he would return. However, some took exception to his choice of LIV Golf on the PGA Tour, where he is a fan favorite.

Kim had a four-season run on the PGA Tour, where he was consistently near the top of the leaderboard. He finished third at the 2010 Masters and fifth at The Open Championship the following year.

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Anthony Kim plays a tee shot on the 16th tee during Day 2 of the LIV Golf Invitational – Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on March 2, 2024 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. (Francois Nel/Getty Images)

But his most memorable performance as a rookie in the 2008 Ryder Cup started the tournament with a 5&4 match-play win over Spain's Sergio Garcia. America eventually defeated the Europeans.

Kim has three PGA Tour wins under his belt, but injuries ultimately kept him out of the game in 2012.

It's been a while since the days when Kim was once ranked No. 6 in the world on the links, but he's taking this opportunity with LIV, where he's a wild card, playing as a team for the rest of the season, to make his comeback.

“I'm definitely hitting the ball well and doing a lot of things well. I know the scores don't reflect that,” he said.

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Kim will get another chance to prove his return to form next weekend in Hong Kong for the next LIV Golf Tournament.

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