Daniel Kang records first ace of 2024 LPGA Tour season | LPGA

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. – Major champion Daniel Kang recorded his first hole-in-one of the 2024 LPGA Tour season at the FIR Hills SERI PAK Championship on Thursday, acing the par-3 11th hole at Palos Verdes Golf Club 174. 5-iron with her.

It was Kang's fifth appearance on the LPGA Tour and his first ace since hitting the par-3 8th hole in the final round of the 2022 Honda LPGA Thailand. While hole-in-ones always require a bit of luck, the six-time LPGA Tour winner knew she hit the ball well when it left the face, and she was right when the ball found its bottom. Cup, a surprise for her and her teammates.

„It was luck sometimes, but I absolutely cleaned it up,” Kang said. „I believe it was 170 yards. I was trying to play it 160, 165 and let it run up the hole. I hit my 5-iron where I wanted to hit it and we all stared at it and Andrea (Lee) responded really well. She said, ' She was like, 'Oh my God, oh, my God.' She screamed.”

It is the 17th time Kang has recorded an ace in his career, a remarkable history spanning two golf careers as an amateur and a professional. She won the 2010 US Women's Amateur Under-17 Championship with a birdie on the 35th hole, which was No. 17 at Charlotte Country Club.

As a professional, Kang captured her only major title at the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship and later played on her first winning US Solheim Cup team that same year.

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He has also encountered some strange coincidences, such as the 17th day of the month or the 17th hole of the golf course. Even today's pass is a bit scary considering it was about 170 yards away.

“Seventeen is my number. This is my lucky number,” said Kang. “I had four holes on the 17th. I putt a five on the 17th hole. I three holed the 17 numbered ball on the 17th hole. A lot has happened in 17, which is my lucky number. Then I waited a while for my 17 hole-in-one.

Through Ace, CME Group will donate $20,000 on Kong's behalf to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of their CME Group Cares Challenge – Score 1 for St. Jude. The Challenge is a seasonal charitable giving program that turns aces into donations with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude's to improve how the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Kang will have the honor of contributing the first $20,000 to the 2024 CME Group Cares Challenge, and while today's hole-in-one is certainly special for many reasons, he's still excited to contribute to childhood cancer research. , many thanks to CME Group for the opportunity.

„I think it's great that CME is donating to good causes and partnering with the LPGA to make a difference in people's lives,” said the LPGA Tour veteran. „It definitely gives us a little more drive to do better and do better. It doesn't matter if it's a dollar or a hundred (dollars), no matter how much money, it can change someone's life. I really appreciate them donating it.

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