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Danielle Kang Makes Her First Pro Win a Major

Just one week ago, at the NW Arkansas Championship, Danielle Kang missed the cut. Afterward, she tweeted this photo:

And gave it this caption:

"When you're a donut on the golf course, you get to play with a donut at the pool on a Sunday"

Calling herself a "donut" was a little harsh (although she missed the cut, she shot 71-71), but perhaps Kang was just saving up her birdies for the next week.

Because one week later, at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Kang got not only her first career win on the LPGA Tour, but did it in a major championship. Kang finished the Women's PGA (formerly known as the LPGA Championship) at 13-under 271 after shooting 69-66-68-68. Danielle made a slew of tough par-saving putts on the final day, and threw in birdies when it counted. That included a birdie on the final hole to secure the victory by one shot over defending champ Brooke Henderson.

It feels like her first pro win should have come sooner for Kang, but that's only because the talent that helped her win back-to-back U.S. Women's Amateur Championships in 2010-11 has always been obvious.

And it's not like Danielle was struggling during those winless years. Still only 24 years old, this is Danielle's sixth season as a member of the LPGA. And she's never come close to losing her card. As a rookie in 2012, she finished 52nd on the money list. That was followed by money list finishes of 57th, 55th and 62nd. Danielle was a consistent earner, even if she wasn't often, in those years, scaring the top of the leaderboard.

In 2016, Danielle made a leap. She crossed the $500,000 single-season earnings mark, posted three Top 10s and finished 36th on the money list.

In 2017 - prior to her win at the Women's PGA - Danielle had already posted a career-best for Top 10s. And she'd moved in to the Top 50 of the world rankings.

Now that win No. 1 is out of the way, here's looking forward to many more.

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