Illinois, July 2: Danielle Kang became the eighth player to claim her first LPGA title in a Major with a stunning victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields.
The 24-year-old American entered the final round tied for the lead with Korea’s Chella Choi and pulled away with four straight birdies from 11 to 14. With defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada hot on her heels, Kang hung tough and birdied the par-five closing hole after reaching the green in two for a 13-under-par total, edging Henderson by one shot.
“I feel fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Every single shot was stressful. Every putt was stressful. I just kept trusting in my own game and trusting in my putting. It’s all about believing in what you can do,” said the two-time US Women’s Amateur winner, who turned professional in 2011.
Kang is now part of an elite list of players whose first LPGA title came in a Major, joining Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist, Yani Tseng, Pak Se Ri, Sherri Turner, Sandra Post and Gloria Ehret.