No one would blame TV viewers for thinking this week’s U.S. Women’s Open was being held at St Andrews rather than in San Francisco. Players and spectators alike are bundled up in wool caps, puffy jackets, earmuffs and LPGA hoodies to combat the Bay Area chill that has blanketed The Olympic Club.
And amid the elements, Massachusetts native Megan Khang is absolutely in HER element.
“I grew up in the northeast and this is the kind of weather we kind of had,” said Khang. “Lydia (Ko) joked with me this morning. She was like, ‘Oh, you know it's cold when Megan wears pants.’ I told her, I was like, ‘Oh, I got to the golf course and I was like, I definitely could have worn shorts.’”
Now in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour, Khang is still looking for her elusive first victory. Her career-best finish is a tie for third at the 2017 Blue Bay LPGA, and she earned her best major result with a fifth-place showing at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Through 36 holes at this year’s championship, she sits tied for third at -4, looking ahead to perhaps finally capturing that first win.
“Each day is more exciting, more nerve-racking. I like to look at it as embracing it because you can't really shy away from it. You know it's going to happen. It's inevitable,” said Khang. “I love these kind of feelings and I definitely for sure know the course is going to give us its best and we're going to have to give our best.”
If Khang does emerge victorious on Sunday, she would be the 21st player to earn her first career victory at the U.S. Women’s Open. She would also be the third consecutive player to achieve that feat, following A Lim Kim in 2020 and Jeongeun Lee6 in 2019.