“Today I failed. I played awful today.”
Thankfully, Danielle Kang followed those words with a big laugh in her press conference ahead of the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Ever the perfectionist, it doesn’t matter that today’s difficulties came during a pro-am round. Kang works to excel every day, not just in competition.
“It doesn't matter to me if it's a Tuesday or a Saturday at this point,” said Kang, who played for the fourth time with a group of HSBC executives that she called one of her favorite pro-am groups. “I still need to do what I need to do, whether it's to execute the shot that's in front of me, be able to feel what I need to feel.”
Kang has already notched a victory in 2022, following a win at the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions with a runner-up finish at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. Her next month included practice sessions with coaches Butch Harmon and Pat Goss, chats with mental coach Micah Schnurstein, and nights out with friends in Las Vegas, including a visit to Bruno Mars’ new show “Silk Sonic.”
Now in Singapore for the eighth time, Kang is enjoying every second in a place she calls one of her favorite cities in the world.
“I hope that we have more tournaments in Asia, and hopefully we get higher purses and better field. Asian events are one of my favorite runs that we have on our schedule. Don't get me wrong, I love the West Coast swing, but this Asia swing, it's different. I know how much women's golf is important to Asia,” said Kang. “And the support that HSBC has shown to LPGA is incredible. We've been consistent here. We've been bringing the fans, the sponsors. It's just they treat us like royalties out here. Not only here, same thing with Thailand, Korea, Shanghai, all of them.”