Kang grabs lead at Tournament of Champions

MIAMI (AFP) – American Danielle Kang birdied six of the first 10 holes on her way to an eight-under par 63 opening round to seize a two-stroke lead yesterday at the season-opening LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Kang, whose parents are from South Korea, qualified for the select 26-player field by winning the 2018 and 2019 LPGA Shanghai titles. Her only other LPGA victory came in a major at the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship.

With nine birdies in all at against a lone bogey at Four Seasons in Orlando, Kang opened a gap over South Korea’s Park In-bee, Mexico’s Gaby Lopez and American Angela Stanford, who shared second on 65 with bogey-free first rounds.