The Loop

Anthony Kim's international franchise

March 10, 2009

Money no doubt was the overriding issue, but Anthony Kim, who has voiced his desire to be an international player, has added a foreign sponsor, a Canadian bank.

Kim agreed to a multiyear endorsement contract with RBC, the sponsor of the Canadian Open, RBC announced today. Kim will carry an RBC-branded tour bag, the company said.

An American of Korean descent, Kim may unwittingly have benefitted from having publicly embraced the Canadian Open last year, at a time when most of the game's elite no longer play the tournament.

"There's a lot of history here," Kim said during the Canadian Open last summer. "Chris Armstrong, my new agent [with IMG], is from this area. He told me what a wonderful golf tournament it was. And I saw that RBC was making a conscious effort to get people over here and to make the tournament as good as it can be. So I felt like this was somewhere I wanted to be."

-- John Strege