August 12, 2020
Danielle Kang took the LPGA Tour’s resumption of play by storm, claiming back-to-back victories at the LPGA Drive On Championship and the Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana. But that doesn’t mean she’s getting complacent. The California native is still working hard on her game and walked off the course after today’s practice round at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open still trying to figure out the links-style layout at The Renaissance Club.
“I’m actually having a lot of thoughts on the golf course. It’s not something that I’m used to, at all. So it’s bringing a lot of difficult parts of my games into play, so I’m a little bit uncomfortable to be quite honest, but always got to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” said Kang, who is making her tournament debut. “So yeah, the golf course, it’s tough for me, so it’s going to be definitely a test in every aspect of my game and I think that will be interesting.”
If Kang takes the victory this week, she would become the first player since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016 to win at least three consecutive events. The list of other players to accomplish that feat is a who’s-who of some of the best names in the game – Lorena Ochoa, Inbee Park, Annika Sorenstam, Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright. For Kang to join that elite group, she’ll need to decipher this week’s challenge, and she’s more than up to that challenge.
“I’ve worked on a lot of different types of golf during this time, this off-time and I worked quite a bit playing in cold weather, trying to figure out how to play with layers on and I’ve been testing different things and trying to play different shots for links golf and all. But I think this golf course is a bit different from links golf, as well. It’s a bit American-style links golf, a little exaggerated here and there. So that’s the difficult part,” said Kang. “But like I said, I think I’ve just got to trust my game. I’m playing well and it’s going to bring me a lot of challenges and I’m going to have to make a lot of up-and-downs for pars out here, it just seems like it, no matter how great of an iron player you are, you’re going to have some up-and-downs you’re going to have to make. So I’m excited to see what this golf course hands me.”