Kang heats up late, wins LPGA Shanghai

American Danielle Kang picked up her second career title Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69 to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai by two strokes.

Kang had an early bogey, but recovered on the back nine with four birdies through the last eight holes as she held off a crowded group right behind her on the leaderboard.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who shot the day’s best round with a 6-under 66, finished in a seven-way tie for second with Americans Annie Park (67), Marina Alex (67) and Brittany Altomare (71), China’s Wenbo Liu (68), South Korea’s Sei Young Kim (72) and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (71).

Kang credited her caddie, Ollie Brett, with helping her calm down and focus.

“After nine holes I had a temper tantrum,” said Kang. “(Brett) 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.”

“I’ve been through so much just mental struggle that it’s just been emotionally draining all year. I’ve had just some anxiety problems for months and months. Honestly, having Ollie on the bag changed a lot and having (swing coach) Butch Harmon work with me.”

Kang turned 26 on Saturday.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, who had a share of the lead entering the final round, fell to a tie for ninth after closing with a 73.

Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park of South Korea finished with a final-round 73 to finish the tournament at 2-under in a tie for 26th.

With her 15th top 10 finish of the season, Jutanugarn extended her lead in the Rolex Player of the Year standings, ahead of Minjee Lee, who has 12.

–Field Level Media

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