Candie Kung

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Candie Kung
龔怡萍
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kung I-Ping[1]
Born (1981-08-08) 8 August 1981 (age 33)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  Taiwan
 United States
Residence Allen, Texas, U.S.
Career
College University of Southern California
Turned professional 2001
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2002)
Former tour(s) Futures Tour (2000–01)
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 4
Symetra Tour 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T8: 2004
LPGA Championship T10: 2008
U.S. Women's Open 2nd: 2009
Women's British Open T4: 2002
Evian Championship T50: 2014

Candie Kung (Chinese: 龔怡萍; pinyin: Gōng Yípíng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kióng Sîn-phêng; born 8 August 1981) is an American professional golfer of Taiwanese descent who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Kung was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was a three-time American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-American and was named 1999 AJGA Player of the Year. She won the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. While at USC, Kung was a two-time NCAA All-American and won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship.

Professional career[edit]

After turning pro in 2001, Kung initially played on the second tier Futures Tour, and she won the SBC Futures Tour Championship that year. She tied for 15th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to win a place on the main tour for 2002. She had a solid rookie season, finishing 36th on the money list. In 2003 she won her first three LPGA events, and was sixth on the money list. She finished 17th on the money list in 2004, tied for 11th in 2005, and 29th in 2006. Kung won her fourth LPGA tournament at the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship in 2008.

Kung came close to winning the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. She finished the tournament at one over 285 and was tied for first till Eun-Hee Ji birdied the final hole to take home the title.

Personal information[edit]

Kung was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1995. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in approximately 2005; She does not hold dual citizenship. She currently lives in Allen, Texas.[2]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

LPGA Tour (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 19 Apr 2003 LPGA Takefuji Classic −12 (67-67-70=204) 2 strokes South Korea Soo-Yun Kang
United States Cristie Kerr
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
2 24 Aug 2003 Wachovia LPGA Classic −14 (71-67-66-70=274) 2 strokes United States Meg Mallon
South Korea Se Ri Pak
3 31 Aug 2003 State Farm Classic −14 (64-67-71=202) 1 stroke England Laura Davies
4 2 Nov 2008 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship −6 (70-71-69=210) 1 stroke Australia Katherine Hull

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2008 Navistar LPGA Classic United States Cristie Kerr
Mexico Lorena Ochoa
Ochoa won with par on second extra hole
Kerr eliminated with par on first hole

Futures Tour (1)[edit]

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP T28 T8 T9 T24 T60 T21 T30
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T64 T13 T44 DNP T10 T57
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT T5 T6 T28 T58 T19 2
Women's British Open ^ DNP T4 T10 T29 T22 T10 T33 T42 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T69 T62 T49 T69 T71
U.S. Women's Open T28 T13 CUT WD T30
Women's British Open CUT T14 38 T25 CUT
LPGA Championship 72 T20 29 T44 T48
The Evian Championship ^^ T52 T50

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 2 4 13 12
U.S. Women's Open 0 1 0 2 3 5 13 9
Women's British Open 0 0 0 1 3 6 13 10
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 12 10
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals 0 1 0 3 9 18 53 43
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 23 (2003 British Open – 2009 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2003 British Open - 2004 Kraft Nabisco)

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

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