Kang gets first-round lead as LPGA gets underway after five months
OHIO (US) – An impeccable six-under-par round led Danielle Kang get a first-round lead at the LPGA’s inaugural Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio. While heading into Saturday, she is one stroke ahead of Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
The 54-hole tourney began on Friday at Inverness Club sans spectators as the LPGA swung into action after the pandemic spread suspended the play shortly after the Women’s Australia Open on Feb. 16.
World number four Kang (66), who clinched the Women’s PGA Championship in 2017, put up six birdies. She said she was happy to be back on the lawn after not working with her caddie for six months.
“I would say I just didn’t have any hiccups on any part of the game,” said Kang, 27. “I definitely miss-hit some shots, miss-hit some putts, but I had some great iron shots, great tee shots, and great putts and chips.
“So any time one part of my game kind of gave he me a tough shot, I made it up with a good save.”
With more than 20 top-10 finishes to her credit, England’s Ewart Shadoff has not won an LPGA Tour event. She hit 15 greens and sunk five birdies for a five-under-par 67.
“I just wanted to come out and find my feet a little bit,” Ewart Shadoff told reporters. “I’m playing for the next five weeks, and I’m really happy with my start and where my game is, especially around such a tough track like Inverness.”
There were strict health and safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of the infection. World number 44 Gaby Lopez had to withdraw from the event after testing positive this week.
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