Danielle Kang (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour. As an amateur, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur twice, in 2010 and 2011.
College and amateur career
Born in San Francisco, Kang grew up in southern California, and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open as a 14-year-old in 2007. She began high school at Oak Park High School and later transferred to Westlake High School early to begin college at Pepperdine University in Malibu in the spring of 2010.
She played on the Pepperdine golf team through the regular season in the spring of 2011. She was ruled academically ineligible to compete in the 2011 NCAA post-season and stated that she was not disappointed because "Pepperdine is in the past for me. I'm focusing on the future. Turning pro after the U.S. Women's Amateur."
Kang won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2010 and competed in all four majors as an amateur in 2011. She made the cut in three of the majors, including the LPGA Championship, where she was the only non-professional in the field. Kang was the low amateur at the Women's British Open, finishing in a tie for 49th place. She repeated her win at the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2011 in August to become the first player in 15 years to win consecutive titles.
Kang played her first tournament as a professional at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in September 2011. She entered on a sponsor's exemption and missed the cut. Kang entered the 2011 LPGA Qualifying School. She survived Stage II, shooting +5 (73-74-71-75=293), just above the cut line to qualify for the final stage. She finished the final stage, Stage III, of Q-School tied for 39th. This gave her conditional status (Priority List Category 20) on the LPGA Tour for 2012 She also retained membership on the Futures Tour, now known as the Symetra Tour.
She played 19 events on the LPGA Tour in 2012, making 13 cuts and finishing the season with $239,184 in earnings, putting her 52nd on the official LPGA season-ending money list. This qualified Kang for full status on the LPGA Tour in 2013.
Kang was born in San Francisco, California, to K.S. Kang and Grace Lee. Her brother Alex played golf for San Diego State.
Results in LPGA majors
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T50||CUT||T22||T25||CUT||T46|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||DNP||DNP||64||T68||T14||CUT||T59||T47||T17|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T49||CUT||T42||CUT||T56||CUT|
|The Evian Championship ^||T31||CUT||T59||T30|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
DNP = did not play
T = tied
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||6||4|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||6|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||3|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2015 U.S. Open – 2016 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 0
LPGA Tour career summary
- official as of 2016 season
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing the United States): 2010