Height – 5 ft 6”
Date of birth – 20th October 1990
Turned Pro – 2011
Family – Single
Residence – San Francisco
Danielle first qualified for the US Women’s Open as a 14 year old in 2007 and was a standout junior golfer for several years, earning All American honorable mention status on the AJGA in 2008 and 2009. Among her notable early accomplishments was a tie for 9th at the 2009 Callaway Junior World Championship.
Danielle took a quantum leap in her amateur standing in 2010. She enrolled in Pepperdine University in January after graduating from high school early. She made several lists naming her one of the top college players in the country. That year she also qualified for the US Women’s Open and was one of only six amateurs to make the cut.
Later that summer, Danielle played in the 2010 US Women’s Amateur, where she made it all the way to the final match, then stunned the favorite Jessica Korda to win the Cox Trophy. She later joined Korda to represent the US at the Women’s World Amateur Championship, where they finished second to South Korea.
Thanks to her status as Women’s Amateur champ, Kang got a chance to play in all four LPGA Majors in 2011. She made the cut in three of them, and was the low amateur at the Women’s British Open when she finished tied for 49th. A few weeks later, she returned to defend her title at the 2011 Women’s Amateur. She relentlessly worked her way through the field, only running into serious competition in the semifinal match, which she won 1 up on the final hole. In the final, she demolished promising Thai junior Moriya Jutanugarn to repeat as champion, the first woman to win back to back Women’s Amateur titles in 15 years.
She turned pro immediately after that and played in her first event as a pro, the WalMart NW Arkansas Championship, where she missed the cut. In the Fall, she played at Q-School, but struggled, barely gaining the lowest tour status for 2012.
Danielle had a solid season in 2014: 51st on the money list, but with two top fives as her best finishes. The most memorable thing she did in 2014 was make holes-in-one at back-to-back tournaments on the Asian swing, both times winning cars! She wound up with 3 aces during the year.
Danielle’s 2015 season gave her a slightly better scoring average. She had only one top ten all year, and that was a tie for 5th at the Pure Silk Bahamas early in the year. Danielle finished the year 62nd on the money list.
In 2016, Danielle started off her year with a T4 finish at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open where she shot rounds of 70, 70, 67 and 73. She also had a T7 finish at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia later on in the year. Throughout the season Danielle has been a model of consistency and has recorded 8 Top 15 finishes.
In the Race to CME Globe Final, Danielle finished off her 2016 being ranked 27th in these rankings. In the Rolex Official World Golf Rankings, Danielle is ranked well inside the top 100 on 68 and has shown consistency and form all season.
For 2017, Danielle will once again play on the LPGA Tour and is looking to build on her 2016 season to cement her place in the world’s top female golfers.
DID YOU KNOW?
If Danielle could learn to do anything, she’d learn to fly. Danielle can also play the piano and saxophone