Kang at the 2013 Women's British Open
|Full name||Danielle Grace Kang|
|Born||October 20, 1992|
San Francisco, California
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2012)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|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. In October 2018 she won her second career LPGA tournament in China.
College and amateur career
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."
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. 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.
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. 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. 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
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. On October 21, 2018, Kang won the inaugural Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament by two strokes to earn her second career victory. The tournament was held at Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai, China.
Kang was born in San Francisco, California, to K.S. Kang and Grace Lee. Her brother Alex played golf for San Diego State. She began a relationship with Web.com player Maverick McNealy, who also lives in Las Vegas.
Professional wins (2)
LPGA Tour wins (2)
|LPGA Tour major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jul 2, 2017||KPMG Women's PGA Championship||−13 (69-66-68-68=271)||1 stroke||Brooke Henderson|
|2||Oct 21, 2018||Buick LPGA Shanghai||−13 (67-68-71-69=275)||2 strokes|| Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare|
Ariya Jutanugarn, Kim Sei-young
Lydia Ko, Liu Wenbo
|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||Brooke Henderson|
Results not in chronological order before 2018.
|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||T33|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T49||CUT||T42||CUT||T56||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Evian Championship ^||T31||CUT||T59||T30||T18||CUT|
^ 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.
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||1||1||3||10||7|
|Women's PGA Championship||1||0||0||1||1||3||8||6|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||3|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2015 U.S. Open – 2016 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
LPGA Tour career summary
- official as of the 2018 season
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing the United States): 2010
- California Birth Index
- Levins, Keely (October 21, 2018). "Danielle Kang wins Buick LPGA Shanghai by two, her second career victory". Golf Digest. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- Miller, Eli (May 2011). "Report: Kang will turn professional after 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur". Southland Golf Magazine. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "5 things: Grades to keep Kang from postseason". Golfweek. May 4, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved June 5, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "Danielle Kang Defends Women's Amateur Title". USGA. August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Yani Tseng putting together a special year". ESPN. September 12, 2011. Archived from the original on September 22, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- "LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage II Final Round Results". LPGA. September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- "LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament: Final Results". LPGA. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "Golf: Alex Kang". San Diego State athletics. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
- "Golf's newest power couple: LPGA's Kang, Web.com Tour's McNealy". Golf Channel. January 19, 2019.
- "Danielle Kang results". LPGA. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 29, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 26, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
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