Candie Kung

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Candie Kung
Personal information
Full nameKung I-Ping[1]
Born (1981-08-08) 8 August 1981 (age 37)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Taiwan
 United States
ResidenceAllen, Texas, U.S.
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Turned professional2001
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 2002)
Former tour(s)Futures Tour (2000–01)
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour4
Symetra Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT8: 2004
Women's PGA C'shipT10: 2008
U.S. Women's Open2nd: 2009
Women's British OpenT4: 2002
Evian ChampionshipT11: 2015

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
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 2018.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
ANA Inspiration DNP DNP CUT DNP T28 T8 T9 T24 T60 T21 T30
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT T5 T6 T28 T58 T19 2
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T64 T13 T44 DNP T10 T57
Women's British Open ^ DNP T4 T10 T29 T22 T10 T33 T42 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ANA Inspiration T69 T62 T49 T69 T71 T69 T65 T56 T66
U.S. Women's Open T28 T13 CUT WD T30 T56 CUT CUT CUT
Women's PGA Championship 72 T20 29 T44 T48 T34 T72 T20 CUT
Women's British Open CUT T14 38 T25 CUT T36 T31 T49 DNP
The Evian Championship ^^ T52 T50 T11 T14 T32 DNP

^ 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.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 0 2 4 17 16
U.S. Women's Open 0 1 0 2 3 5 17 10
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 16 13
Women's British Open 0 0 0 1 3 6 16 13
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 5
Totals 0 1 0 3 9 21 71 57
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 23 (2003 British Open – 2009 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2003 British Open – 2004 Kraft Nabisco)

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