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Danielle Kang reveals spinal tumor diagnosis at U.S. Women’s Open

Jun 2, 2022; Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA; Danielle Kang (R) talks with her caddie (L) prior to hitting her tee shot on the twelfth hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Danielle Kang, the 12th-ranked golfer in the world, revealed after her second round at the U.S. Women’s Open that she was diagnosed with a tumor on her spine.

Kang, 29, said it hasn’t yet been determined whether the tumor is malignant or benign.

“I’ve gone through a lot of procedures so far, and with the process of elimination we are narrowing it down,” Kang said. “It’s going to take time.”

Despite her diagnosis, she stood at 3 over par through two rounds at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. She was projected to make the cut on the number as of 5:20 p.m. ET, with second-round play still ongoing.

Kang withdrew from two tournaments earlier this season with back pain. Her doctors do not know at this stage whether the tumor was the sole cause of or a contributing factor to the pain.

She told reporters she didn’t plan to share much about her situation, but addressed it because word “got out.”

“Right now, it’s not as simple as blaming the tumor to be the problem,” Kang said. “It’s not just that I have an issue with my back, there is more to it. The scary part is that, I understand, and I didn’t want to publicize it, but I know it got out. There’s more to it. I just don’t want to really discuss the details of what’s going on in my back.”

Kang is the third-highest ranked American woman in the Rolex Rankings. She has won six times on the LPGA Tour, including one major, the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Her most recent victory came in January at the LPGA’s Tournament of Champions event.

–Field Level Media