Danielle Kangs second consecutive Sunday in contention | LPGA
The wind at Boca Rio Golf Club may have been tough, but Danielle Kang’s fight in the third round of the Gainbridge LPGA was tougher. Kang, who held the 36-hole co-lead with her friend Lydia Ko, hit as low as -12 as she entered the turn, but three bogeys on the back nine prevented her from shooting twice on the 54-hole lead to -9 overall after a Saturday 74. Despite the difficult conditions, Kang is in prime position to win back-to-back tournaments for the second time in his career, having accomplished the feat at the Drive On Championship in Inverness and the Dana Open presented by Marathon in 2020.
“Trusting what I had to do was really hard. My little game was excellent. Hit a lot of four, five feet, and missed a lot today,” Kang said. “It’s good. I’m proud to have stayed there and to have a chance tomorrow.
Kang said she “acquitted” at one point in the heat, but regained her focus to finish as close to the top as possible. The grand champion is hoping for two USA wins to start the season for the second straight year after Jessica and Nelly Korda reached it in 2021, and she’s hoping for a better time as she looks to put on a good show.
“For me, I just have to keep trusting my game. I’m going to play a little putt and hopefully tomorrow I can just play good golf and entertain a lot of people.