Megan Khang broke a 23-hole birdie less streak Saturday to shoot a 64 on moving day, the new tournament record at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open.
Khang was motivated to have a late tee time Sunday to be able to catch the movie Avengers: Endgame. She now has her own endgame in sight for the 2019 season.
Making the Solheim Cup team.
“It would mean the world. To play in the actual Solheim Cup with a lot of girls I know is an opportunity that I wouldn’t want to miss,” Khang told LPGA.com.
She sits in the eighth and final spot for the Solheim Cup via Solheim Cup points with 188 points. Austin Ernst and Brittany Altomare are both on her tail, with 187 and 185.5 points respectively.
Scoring points for the team isn’t easy. Points are awarded for 1st-20thfinishes, with time and a half of the points during the Solheim Cup season. The 2019 Solheim Cup points for Team USA started after the 2017 CP Women’s Open. Khang has scored 21 points so far in the 2019 season, all from her eighth-place finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
With Khang sitting on the bubble, she acknowledges checking the rankings consistently. “I definitely do, who can’t if you’re that close? Overall, I know that if I start playing well, good things will come because if you focus too much on one thing, it kind of just overwhelms you.”
The 2015 Junior Solheim Cup player avoids getting overwhelmed by only checking between events, and sometimes during practice round days. It’s not a focal point on her mind during tournament play.
“I try to just avoid it because I’m trying to win the tournament. If I do well here, it’s going to pay off on those points. I tend to try to separate them the best I can.”
The 21-year old is doing so this week, sitting in contention at (-5) with 18 holes to play. She’s in the endgame now, with 13 events left after this week to secure her spot.