With back-to-back U.S. Women’s Amateur victories in 2010 and 2011, Danielle Kang signaled her potential to do great things as a professional. But in her first five LPGA Tour seasons she hadn’t lived up to it, posting just eight top-10 finishes without a victory.
Kang lost her father, K.S., to cancer in late 2013, which no doubt threw an emotional wrench into her development. Her victory Sunday in the LPGA’s second major of the season – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at venerable Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago – is a testament to her perseverance.
Speaking of stick-to-itiveness, Kyle Stanley rode a blue-chip college and amateur career to early success on the PGA Tour but had been lost in the wilderness recently. After posting only one top-10 finish on Tour from 2014-16, Stanley won the Quicken Loans National outside Washington, D.C., on Sunday, defeating Charles Howell III in a playoff. The victory came more than five years after his maiden Tour triumph, the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
In France, Tommy Fleetwood captured the European Tour’s HNA Open de France at Le Golf National outside Paris. Coming from behind with a closing 66 after finishing fourth at the U.S. Open two weeks earlier, Fleetwood is clearly in command of his game with just two weeks to go before the Open Championship visits Royal Birkdale, in his hometown of Southport, England.
And in Massachusetts, Kenny Perry led an assault on par and won his second U.S. Senior Open, this one at Donald Ross-designed Salem Country Club. Perry trumped 54-hole leader Kirk Triplett and set a tournament scoring record with his 16-under 264 total, breaking the mark of 267 that he previously shared with Hale Irwin.