|Born||4 June 1987|
Jeju City, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Korean Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||T18: 2016|
|The Open Championship||T44: 2017|
|PGA Championship||T44: 2017|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Seonghun|
Kang turned professional in 2007 and joined the Korean Tour in his home country. He first gained international prominence in 2009 when he finished runner-up at the Ballantine's Championship, a tournament co-sanction by the Korean Tour and the European Tour. The following year, Kang won for the first time on the Korean Tour, at the Eugene Securities Open, and ended the season by qualifying for the PGA Tour via qualifying school.
In May 2011, Kang lost a playoff for the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Nationwide Tour. The following month, he qualified for the U. S. Open, his first major, and finished in a tie for 39th. Kang retained his PGA Tour card for 2012 with a T3 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic to finish 120th on the money list. After the 2012 season, he dropped down to the Web.com Tour for three years.
At the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Kang shot a course record 60 during the second round at the Monterrey Peninsula course. This took him into a share of the lead moving into the weekend: he finished the tournament tied for 17th.
In April 2017, Kang took a three shot lead into the final round of the Shell Houston Open, in a bid to win his first PGA Tour title. This was the first time in his career he held the 54-hole lead of a PGA Tour event. He finished second to Russell Henley. Two weeks later a good result in the RBC Heritage moved into the top-100 of the world rankings for the first time, receiving an entry to the 2017 PGA Championship. He also finished tied for 5th in the Quicken Loans National, one of the Open Qualifying Series, to get an entry to the 2017 Open Championship. He tied for 44th place in both his 2017 major appearances.
2018: Rules controversy
On 2 July 2018, Kang was involved in a rules controversy at the Quicken Loans National tournament at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Kang was accused of cheating by his playing partner Joel Dahmen. On the dogleg-left 566-yard par-5 10th, Kang's second shot landed in the hazard left of the green. After a short search, a spotter located Kang's ball some 5-8 yards into the hazard. There was no way Kang could play the ball. Instead, he began pointing to the spot at which he thought it had entered the hazard — nearly pin-high. Dahmen and his caddie were incredulous. A rules official was called in.
Because the 10th hole is a dogleg left with a hazard all the way down the left side, Kang's ball would have needed to re-cross the hazard nearer the green in order to earn the drop he was requesting. The exact line his ball had taken en route to its final resting place thus came under careful scrutiny. An overhead view on Google Maps or ShotLink suggests that Kang's ball would have needed to be hooking significantly from right-to-left to enter the hazard at the point he'd suggested for a drop.
The discussion with the rules official, Dahmen and Kang continued, reaching an impasse as another group played through. After further discussion with the official and Dahmen, Kang conceded that his ball more likely crossed the hazard 35 yards from the pin rather than the case he had initially made to drop it pin-high. Kang chose to drop at a point 37 yards from the hole, hit his approach to 17 feet, and rolled that putt in to save an eventful par. Later that night, Dahmen accused Kang of cheating on Twitter.
The PGA Tour released the following statement: "A PGA Tour Rules Official handled the ruling, interviewing both players, caddies and marshals in the vicinity. The official then took Kang back to where he hit his second shot, and Kang confirmed his original belief that his shot had indeed crossed the margin of the hazard. With no clear evidence to prove otherwise, it was determined by the official that Kang could proceed with his fourth shot as intended, following a penalty stroke and subsequent drop. The PGA Tour will have no additional comment on this matter."
Kang was unaware of Dahmen's comments until Golf magazine reached out with a request for comment. He chose to respond through the PGA Tour. "He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment, other than he is looking forward to focusing on finishing out the season strong, and he is excited about the opportunity to play in the Open Championship again in a few weeks."
Professional wins (4)
Korean Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||16 Apr 2006||SBS Lotte Skyhill Open
(as an amateur)
|−2 (68-70-76=214)||2 strokes||Shin Yong-jin|
|2||17 Apr 2010||Eugene Securities Open||−11 (72-70-67-68=277)||5 strokes||Choi Ho-sung, Jang Dong-kyu|
|3||13 Oct 2013||CJ Invitational1||−12 (68-69-69-70=276)||5 strokes||Kim Tae-hoon, Jyoti Randhawa|
|4||20 Oct 2013||Kolon Korea Open2||−4 (68-70-73-69=280)||1 stroke|| Kim Hyung-tae, Lee Chang-woo (a),|
Lee Sang-hee, Rory McIlroy,
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2009||Ballantine's Championship||Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Thongchai Jaidee||Jaidee won with birdie on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T44||T67|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing South Korea): 2006
- Bonallack Trophy (representing Asia/Pacific): 2006
- Dethier, Dylan (12 July 2018). "'If you can sleep at night:' Behind the scenes of Sung Kang's alleged cheating incident". Golf. Retrieved 3 December 2018.