Imagine the scenario. You have never won a LPGA event before and you find yourself entering the final day of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in a tie for the lead. It would be easy to lose your nerve with all of that playing on your mind. However, Danielle Kang showed nerves of steel as she held off a charge from Brooke Henderson to win, not only her first LPGA event but a major at that.
Entering the final day with a two-shot lead alongside Chella Choi, it would become a question of who could handle the pressure. Brooke Henderson would prove to be their main challenger as the Canadian quickly narrowed the lead. Two birdies in four holes evaporated their lead and by the seventh hole, it was Henderson who held a one-shot advantage.
If the pressure was beginning to show then if affected Choi more so than Kang. Choi would finish with a round of even par as the battle was now between Henderson and Kang.
A bogey on the 10th saw Kang drop further behind Henderson. Then something sparked as the American produced four birdies in a row to regain the lead. Two birdies in the final two holes saw Henderson mount the pressure on. As she entered the clubhouse both her and Kang were tied for the lead.
One hole away from destiny, Kang knew that a par would force a playoff. For some, the pressure would be too much. However, Kang was on fire on that final hole securing the birdie that would see her claim her first title and a Major at that.
“Having a major championship in my resume, I don’t know what it will do,” Kang said. “But I do know that having the U.S. Amateur as majors, and having a major win, it’s amazing.”