Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim's last competitive start was at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012 Image Credit: AP

Anthony Kim is set to make a shock return to competitive golf this week, with the American signing up to the LIV Golf League as a wildcard for the 2024 season.

The 38-year-old seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth after withdrawing from the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship with injury.

He underwent surgery the following month to repair an injury to the Achilles tendon in his left leg, and hasn't participated in a professional tournament since, despite becoming somewhat a cult hero among fans.

Before heading into exile, Kim won three PGA Tour events before the age of 25, starred in a U.S. Ryder Cup victory in 2008 and set the record for birdies in a Masters round with 11 at Augusta National in 2011. He possessed an undeniable swagger and flamboyant flair that rendered him essential viewing.

Golf fans are now set to get another glimpse of the star at this week’s LIV Golf Jeddah, with the league’s commissioner, former World No.1 Greg Norman, confirming the news.

"He oozes incredible talent,” said Norman.

“The world has seen it in the past and now it is an honour as Commissioner of LIV Golf to give the opportunity for this star to be reborn.

"Welcome back and to the LIV Golf family mate. The golf world has missed you."

Kim would void an insurance policy from his previous playing days that is worth an estimated $10 million if he returns to a pro circuit, according to multiple reports.

LIV Golf Jeddah gets underway at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on March 1, with Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Brooks Koepka teeing it up alongside Kim.