Danielle Kang Wins First LPGA Event Held in 5 Months

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

The restart event is missing some of the biggest names in women's golf with world number one Ko Jin-young and Park Sung-hyun among a number of top global players who made a decision to sit out because of COVID-19 concerns. McNealy was in contention on the West Coast, playing the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship. She played the back tees and forward tees, moved about to different courses in Las Vegas and felt her game improving.

American Danielle Kang made good predictions and this Sunday she was proclaimed champion of the LPGA Drive on Championship LPGA Tour with 209 hits (-7), one less than the French Celine Boutier (210, -6), with whom she had reached the third and final round sharing the lead.

"I knew where I was standing with three holes left and I wanted to know where I was on the final hole stretch", said Kang. We had all the time in the world. I didn't have to rush and cram for a test. She was just one of nine players to post an under-par round. Kang got off to a hot start with birdies at the second and fourth to surge clear at the top of the leaderboard.

But it was Boutier who blinked.

Kang and Boutier turned the final hour into a terrific duel with the Frenchwoman missing a short par putt on the 15th hole to fall one shot behind.

But Kang, the world No 4, suffered a late-round wobble, carding three consecutive bogeys from the 13th hole to finish one over at 73. She did not go to Australia, and then the COVID-19 pandemic halted play on the Asian swing and then on through the summer. She won the Women's Texas Open in June, defeating a field with 10 LPGA players, and then won an event in Paris, Texas.

The Inverness Club will host next year's Solheim Cup event between the USA and Europe. They are instead staying at home while playing the Korean LPGA Tour.

She held off the challenge of France's Celine Boutier (71) while Australian Minjee Lee (70) was third at four-under for the week.

England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who had a share of the lead with Kang and Boutier going into the final day, saw her chances disappear with a three-over 75.

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