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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship - Danielle Kang, masterful

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The 24-year-old American Danielle Kang pulled out all the stops to take the title at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday evening. This, her first win on the US tour and her first Major title, places her 18th in the world rankings, without impacting the world number 1 position still held by So Yeon Ryu.

What a performance on the final hole of the 2nd major of the season! With 4 birdies in a row on holes 11 to 14, followed by a final birdie on 18, Danielle Kang showed just how much she wanted this victory. She explains that the turning point in the match was a missed 3-footer on 10, one of her 3 bogeys of the day. "I said I'm going to learn from that and  then I made four birdies in a row", explains the cheerful American.  Her 21-footer putt to save par on 16 turned out to be just as important, especially when her main rival was none other than defending champion, Brooke Henderson. Neck and neck with the leader, the Canadian didn't back down, taking advantage of Kang's bogey on 15 to make birdie on the same hole and move up a shot. Unfortunately, her final birdie on 18 was not enough to create a play-off. Danielle Kang retaliated with a final birdie too, giving her the title, with an aggregate score of 271 (-13), one stroke ahead of Brooke Henderson.

With this outstanding performance, Kang, who won two US Women's Open amateur titles in 2010 and 2011 and qualified for the US Women's Open at the age of 14, has finally entered the big league. She joins So Yeon Ryu in tied first place in the race for the Rolex Annika Major Award.

Following behind, Lexi Thompson, in 7th place, seems quite alone amongst the fleet of Koreans monopolizing the 3rd to 7th places. France's Karine Icher and Joanna Klatten tie for 29th place. So Yeon Ryu (in 14th place) maintains her position as world number 1, Ariya Jutanugarn didn't make the cut and Lydia Ko, who finished 59th, was unable to regain the top place in the Rolex Rankings.