09 August 2017
Kang’s a Celebrity Too
Playing out of California, Danielle Kang has befriended numerous celebrities. However, after winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the 24-year-old Korean has become a celebrity herself.
A winning birdie on the final hole helped Kang to claim her first LPGA title, and also major title, with a total 13-under-par (271). She won over defending champion Brooke Henderson by one stroke and some of her celebrity friends sent messages of congratulations including men’s world number one Dustin Johnson.
"Wayne Gretzky texted me, as well, Caitlyn Jenner, all the players out here, a lot of support, Janet Gretzky, Marcus Allen," Kang said after her win. "It just keeps going. I didn't know I knew this many people.”
Kang, who before entering the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship hadn’t had a victory in her 143 LPGA Tour starts since joining LPGA Tour in 2012, developed her celebrity connections as a regular player at Sherwood Country Club, Los Angeles. The club’s most famous members include Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and O.J. Simpson.
Kang trailed Henderson and Chella Choi by one after she bogeyed the par-4 10th. But Kang moved in front with four straight birdies on the 11th to 14th. The twice US Amateur champion went to the final hole at the top of the leaderboard, tied on 12-under with Henderson. The winning birdie on the par-5 18th delivered Kang a celebrity status to match her friends'.
“Let me tell you, that was the hardest two-footer I’ve ever had to putt,” said Kang, as quoted by Reuters. “It was pretty nerve-wracking, but I just did it.”