Nothing about playing golf is easy for Danielle Kang right now
SOUTHERN PINES, NC – Danielle Kang is not a morning person. The winner of the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship does not like to get up early. However, in the near future, they will have no choice.
Just a month ago, Kang was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, which he revealed after his second visit Friday at the US Women Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Kang said he had been suffering from back pain for some time but did not expect the tumor to be a problem.
“I don’t want it to look weird,” Kang told ESPN after his 73rd third Saturday. “But I was not afraid of the consequences. I was very scared for not playing.”
On Saturday, the 29-year-old chatted at 7:52 p.m., so the wake-up call for her new system was just ahead of normal. She and physiotherapist, Aaron Bond, go through a gym and pull down to open up her spine. He adds kinesio tape to “elevate the fascia muscles,” and uses cups. After his cycle, he repeats.
“There’s a lot I need to do to get going,” said Kang, who won the PGA Women’s 2017 Competition. “And I’m just playing in the US Open.”
Kang did not mention this: He was not supposed to play last week at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play in Las Vegas. He was not due to play this week at the US Open. The past is due to his relationship with his sponsors – MGM Resorts. This was because, as Kang would tell you, he would not miss the US Open, even though he and his team decided to jump.
“I never missed it. I played here when I was 14, I came here with my dad 15 years ago,” said Kang. “As long as I can get past that … I didn’t want to miss another senior, so I just kept going. That’s kind of a player, but I think we’re in the game. The limits.”
Kang says he doesn’t have many answers about the tumor. Since the onset of the disease, there has been no clear diagnosis. Still, the pain is unbearable. You can see it when they are upset after a hard shot, or when they are walking fast after a long car. And you can see it in his eyes, knowing all the preparations he does around the round can also help him feel uncomfortable and prevent him from doing more work on his game.
“I feel bad [Saturday]; I think I’m too tired, “said Kang.” So I couldn’t get past the ball. I was hitting left and right everywhere … I didn’t give myself much of a chance for the birds. “
His team and family have urged Kang not to worry about his findings, but Kang has no choice. He was disappointed with the way he played Saturday.
“I’m not going to say I’m out there just to try and have fun. I’m a competitor,” he said. “For the last few holes, whether it hurt or not, I just needed to get through the ball. It was tough, but I hit a good shot.”
Kang fired his last four holes. At 17, he was about to turn green and decided to shoot him. The ball slipped and landed. Kang’s face looked good, he raised his hands, celebrated with his friend and thanked the crowd, which, as he said, was very good for just getting up early. The moment was saving.
“Traveling has been a bit of a struggle for the past few days, and it was really fun,” Kang said of chip-in. “I don’t know, there’s not a lot of confidence in my game right now, so just shooting, it made me happy.”
Physical damage is one thing, but Kang also had to adjust to the depression. After seeing the repeated shots, he says, they come to him. But he has to remind himself that he is not losing his skills, that this could be temporary.
“I have to say, ‘I will,'” Kang said. “So I have to tell myself, no, ‘I’ll be able to punch. Because I have to tell myself to come back and play like I used to.”
Kang said he hopes to finish rounds by Sunday. He will then see a doctor again to try to find more answers about the tumor, as well as how he plays golf.
“It’s not known I’m really scared,” Kang said.
When asked how he reacted to the discovery, he thought for a moment before replying.
“We’re still working on it,” he said.