Danielle Kang

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Danielle Kang
2013 Women's British Open – Danielle Kang (1).jpg
Kang at the 2013 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full name Danielle Grace Kang[1]
Born (1992-10-20) October 20, 1992 (age 25)
San Francisco, California
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
Career
College Pepperdine University
(two years)
Turned professional 2011
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
Futures Tour (joined 2011)
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA Inspiration T26: 2015, 2016
Women's PGA C'ship Won: 2017
U.S. Women's Open 4th: 2018
Women's British Open T42: 2013
Evian Championship T18: 2017

Danielle Grace Kang (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour. As an amateur, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur twice, in 2010 and 2011. She won the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, an LPGA major.

College and amateur career[edit]

Born in San Francisco, Kang grew up in Southern California, and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open as a 14-year-old in 2007. She began high school at Oak Park High School and later transferred to Westlake High School early to begin college at Pepperdine University in Malibu in the spring of 2010.

She played on the Pepperdine golf team through the regular season in the spring of 2011. She was ruled academically ineligible to compete in the 2011 NCAA post-season and stated that she was not disappointed because "Pepperdine is in the past for me. I'm focusing on the future. Turning pro after the U.S. Women's Amateur."[2][3]

Kang won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2010 and competed in all four majors as an amateur in 2011. She made the cut in three of the majors, including the LPGA Championship, where she was the only non-professional in the field.[4] Kang was the low amateur at the Women's British Open, finishing in a tie for 49th place. She repeated her win at the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2011 in August to become the first player in 15 years to win consecutive titles.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Kang played her first tournament as a professional at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in September 2011. She entered on a sponsor's exemption and missed the cut.[6] Kang entered the 2011 LPGA Qualifying School. She survived Stage II, shooting +5 (73-74-71-75=293), just above the cut line to qualify for the final stage.[7] She finished the final stage, Stage III, of Q-School tied for 39th. This gave her conditional status (Priority List Category 20) on the LPGA Tour for 2012[8] She also retained membership on the Futures Tour, now known as the Symetra Tour.

She played 19 events on the LPGA Tour in 2012, making 13 cuts and finishing the season with $239,184 in earnings, putting her 52nd on the official LPGA season-ending money list. This qualified Kang for full status on the LPGA Tour in 2013.

Kang earned her first LPGA Tour win, 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, in her 144th LPGA Tour start.

Personal life[edit]

Kang was born in San Francisco, California, to K.S. Kang and Grace Lee. Her brother Alex played golf for San Diego State.[9]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jul 2, 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship −13 (69-66-68-68=271) 1 stroke Canada Brooke Henderson

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2017 Women's PGA Championship Tied for lead −13 (69-66-68-68=271) 1 stroke Canada Brooke Henderson

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2018.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ANA Inspiration DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT T61 T26 T26 T47 CUT
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP 64 T68 T14 CUT T59 T47 T17 CUT 4
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T50 CUT T22 T25 CUT T46 1
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP T49 CUT T42 CUT T56 CUT CUT
The Evian Championship ^ T31 CUT T59 T30 T18

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
DNP = did not play
T = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 10 7
Women's PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 1 3 7 5
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
Totals 1 0 0 2 2 7 36 23
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2015 U.S. Open – 2016 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice, current)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2007 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a n/a n/a n/a
2010 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a n/a n/a n/a
2011 5 3 0 0 0 0 T49 0 n/a n/a n/a
2012 19 13 0 0 1 1 T3 239,184 52 72.39 50
2013 24 17 0 0 0 1 T5 221,649 57 72.18 54
2014 27 21 0 0 0 2 T5 316,239 55 72.46 82
2015 26 23 0 0 0 1 T5 292,579 62 71.72 44
2016 27 23 0 0 0 3 T4 505,199 36 71.12 31
2017 25 16 1 1 0 6 1 1,005,983 17 71.05 42
  • official as of the 2017 season[10]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ California Birth Index
  2. ^ Miller, Eli (May 2011). "Report: Kang will turn professional after 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur". Southland Golf Magazine. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "5 things: Grades to keep Kang from postseason". Golfweek. May 4, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved June 5, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Danielle Kang Defends Women's Amateur Title". USGA. August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Yani Tseng putting together a special year". ESPN. September 12, 2011. Archived from the original on September 22, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage II Final Round Results". LPGA. September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament: Final Results". LPGA. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Golf: Alex Kang". San Diego State athletics. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Danielle Kang results". LPGA. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 

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