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Danielle Kang

Danielle Kang missed the 2022 AIG Women's Open after a back issue involving a tumour on her spine.

She made a return to competition and contended right away at the CP Women's Open. She has since had a third place and runner-up finish during a remarkable return.

Kang, a two-time US Amateur winner, had not achieved a top-10 finish in 31 majors before capturing the Women's PGA Championship by one stroke from defending champion Brooke Henderson in 2017.

It was her 144th start on the LPGA Tour and her first victory, but has been followed by five more, most recently the Tournament of Champions in January 2022.

Kang has been a member of the last three USA teams at the Solheim Cup, winning three of her four matches in the 2017 victory. She first represented her country in the 2010 Espirito Santo world amateur team championship, partnering Jessica Korda and Cydney Clanton as they finished second to South Korea.

They were nine clear of third-placed France, South Africa and Sweden, but a massive 17 strokes behind the runaway winners.

Kang was the low amateur (T49) at the AIG Women’s Open in 2011.