Updated: January, 2017

DANIELLE KANG

The Facts

Birthday: October 20, 1992
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Rookie Year on Tour: 2012
Best LPGA Finish: T-3rd (2012 Kingsmill Championship)
Best LPGA Major Finish:
T-14th (2012 US Women's Open)
Best Score: 64 (2012 Kingsmill Championship)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.12 (2016)
Best Season money total:
$505,199 (2016)
Best Season Money Position:
36th (2016)
Most Top Tens/Season:
3 (2016)

Rookie of the Year finish: 5th

Height: 5' 6"
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
How's her English?: Fluent
Road to the LPGA:
Kang qualified for the LPGA by finishing 39th at 2011 Q-School to gain limited tour status

Capsule Bio

Danielle Kang was born in San Francisco, CA. She has trained in taekwondo since she was a child and earned a second degree black belt when she was only 7 years old. She took up golf as a youngster, and by the time she was in her mid teens, began to make noise in that sport as well. She first qualified for the US Women's Open as a 14 year old in 2007 and was a standout junior golfer for several years, earning All American honorable mention status on the AJGA in 2008 and 2009. Among her notable early accomplishments wasa tie for 9th at the 2009 Callaway Junior World Championship.

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Danielle took a quantum leap in her amateur standing in 2010. She enrolled in Pepperdine University in January after graduating from high school early. She made several lists naming her one of the top college players in the country. That year she also qualified for the US Women's Open and was one of only six amateurs to make the cut.

Later that summer, Danielle played in the 2010 US Women's Amateur, where she made it all the way to the final match, then stunned the favorite Jessica Korda to win the Cox Trophy. She later joined Korda to represent the US at the Women's World Amateur Championship, where they finished second to South Korea.

Thanks to her status as Women's Amateur champ, Kang got a chance to play in all four LPGA Majors in 2011. She made the cut in three of them, and was the low amateur at the Women's British Open when she finished tied for 49th. A few weeks later, she returned to defend her title at the 2011 Women's Amateur. She relentlessly worked her way through the field, only running into serious competition in the semifinal match, which she won 1 up on the final hole. In the final, she demolished promising Thai junior Moriya Jutanugarn to repeat as champion, the first woman to win back to back Women's Amateur titles in 15 years.

She turned pro immediately after that and played in her first event as a pro, the WalMart NW Arkansas Championship, where she missed the cut. In the Fall, she played at Q-School, but struggled, barely gaining the lowest tour status for 2012.

Despite her bad tour status, Danielle had a fairly good rookie season. She made over $230,000 to easily gain full status for 2013. She was nowhere near So Yeon Ryu in the Rookie of the Year race, but still had her moments. Her best tournament was the Kingsmill Championship, where she contended for much of the week, shot her career best round, and finished third, just out of the playoff for the title. Her last shot of the year came at the CME Titleholders, when she dunked her approach shot for eagle. Not a bad way to finish her first professional season!

Danielle's second year on tour was pretty much like her first: she had one top ten, finished just a little worse on the money list (57th with around $221,000 made), and had a slightly better scoring average. But she was derailed quite a bit during the season when her father was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. He died late in the year.

Danielle had another typical season in 2014: 51st on the money list, but with two top fives as her best finishes. She also had her best year moneywise, with over $316,000 made. But the most memorable thing she did in 2014 was make holes-in-one at back-to-back tournaments on the Asian swing, both times winning cars! She wound up with 3 aces during the year, but the third one did not win an automobile (if it had, she'd need a bigger garage!).

Danielle's 2015 season was slightly worse than 2014, but she had a slightly better scoring average. She had only one top ten all year, and that was a tie for 5th at the Pure Silk Bahamas early in the year. She made about $292,000 all year, and finished 62nd on the money list.

Danielle had her best season yet in 2016. She improved her best season scoring average by more than half a stroke, and set personal records for most money earned (over half a million dollars) and money list position (36th). She had three top tens during the year, with her best finish a tie for 4th at the Australian Women's Open.

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