It took 144 career LPGA starts for Danielle Kang to win her first career LPGA win, becoming the first American to win the KPMG Championship since Cristie Kerr in 2010.
Kang, sparked by a four-hole birdie streak on the back nine, charged to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Sunday at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, becoming the eighth player in history to make the major her first professional victory.
The 24-year-old San Francisco native and two-time U.S. Amateur Champion separated herself from playing partner and 54-hole co-leader Chella Choi of the Republic of Korea with a birdie run from holes 11 to 14. Kang entered the Championship, boasting the strongest women’s field of the year, as the No. 43-ranked player in the world.
Kang today became the first player to birdie the 72nd and final hole to win this Championship by a single stroke since Meg Mallon in 1991. She also joined an elite list that made the Championship their first major victory: Shanshan Feng (2012); Anna Nordqvist (2009); Yani Tseng (2008); Se Ri Pak (1998); Sherri Turner (1988); Sandra Post (1968); and Gloria Ehret (1966).