Danielle Kang was definitely not one the names being mentioned when talking about potential winners ahead of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Still, the 24-year old held her nerve and birdied the last hole to fend off the challenge of defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada to seal her first LPGA Tour win – a major no less.
FOX Sports Asia takes an in depth look at the LPGA’s latest major winner.
Danielle Kang was born in San Francisco, California, in 1992. She trained in taekwondo as a child and gained a second degree black belt by the age of seven.
She plays the piano and alto saxophone.
Kang is very close to fellow professional Michelle Wie, and is also friends with Wayne Gretzky and Caitlyn Jenner.
‘Wie’ are very good friends.
She qualified for the 2007 US Women’s Open as a 14 year old, and won the US Women’s Amateur title in 2010 and 2011. She turned pro after her 2011 win.
In 30 prior starts at majors, Kang had never recorded a top-10 finish. Her previous best result in a major championship was a tie for 14th place at the 2012 US Open.
Her father K.S. Kang passed away in 2013 following a battle with cancer at the end of her sophomore year on tour.
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 2, 2017
Kang had her best season as a pro in 2016, enjoyed three top ten finishes as she earned more than half a million dollars to finish in 36th position on the money list.