Danielle Kang claimed a two-shot victory at the inaugural Buick LPGA Shanghai with a four-round score of 13-under par.
The American star, who turned 26 the day prior, finished her last day at Qizhong Garden Golf Club with a single bogey offset by four back-nine birdies (Nos. 11, 13, 14, and 17) en route to a final-round score of 3-under 69.
Afterwards, Kang spoke about overcoming anxiety on her way to victory.
“More so than anything I’m finally at a place where I’m peaceful and happy with my game, with my life,” said Kang.
“There is just so much more you can get through. I hope I win more; I did the best I can. I’m going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I’ll win more. I’ll play better.”
A logjam of seven players finished T2 at 11-under par, including Americans Annie Park (67), Marina Alex (67), and Brittany Altomare (71), New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (66), Thai Ariya Jutanugarn (71), Korean Sei Young Kim (72), and Chinese Wenbo Liu (68).
2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai
Final Round: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Today)
1. Danielle Kang -13 (-3)
2. Lydia Ko -11 (-6)
2. Sei Young Kim -11 (E)
2. Annie Park -11 (-5)
2. Marina Alex -11 (-5)
2. Wenbo Liu -11 (-4)
2. Brittany Altomare -11 (-1)
2. Ariya Jutanugarn -11 (-1)
“After nine holes I had a temper tantrum. He [Ollie, her caddie] told me to go off to the side and we did. Hit the bag; do whatever you need to do to let your anger out and start a new nine. That’s what I did.”
– Danielle Kang