Jul 3rd, 2017
Danielle Kang wins the KPMG PGA Championship
Maiden LPGA victory is a Major!
Danielle Kang won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship by a single shot over Canadian Brooke Henderson, to claim her first professional win with a Major title.
Let’s not forget that Danielle is no stranger to the winner’s enclosure as she won back–to–back U.S. Women’s Amateur titles in 2010 and 2011, and those experiences must certainly helped her get over the line on Sunday.
Even so this was her 144th start on the LPGA Tour, so it’s a victory that she will long savour.
“I really wanted to be tied for the lead tomorrow, just so that I could just play my game and just stay aggressive just like match play,” Kang said after the third round.
And she did exactly that. Paired with co–leader Chella Choi, she also had to keep an eye out for Brooke Henderson, who was playing one group ahead.
Henderson got off to a quick start with three birdies in her first seven holes, but Kang remained steady as the Canadian pulled into a share of the lead at 10–under par.
Kang made bogey at the par four, 10th hole to drop out of the three–way tie at the top along with Choi. But then momentum moved back Kang’s way, as she made four birdies in a row to take a 3 shot lead into the final stretch.
Kang then bogeyed the difficult par–three 17th, while Henderson finished with two birdies to move into a tie for the lead, coming up just short on a 30–foot eagle putt on the par–five 18th.
But Kang responded with two solid shots to get to the green in two at No. 18, and then two–putted for her maiden LPGA victory, and a Major to boot!