Danielle Kang not shying away from nervousness on the course
Danielle Kang is aware of that uneasy feeling is ultimately going to return throughout the course of a spherical, be it on Thursday or Sunday or, maybe, Wednesday, which is when this week’s Lotte Championship begins.
For a time, Kang wished to suppress that feeling. It’s one she will’t absolutely relay verbally, however she’s conscious that many on this COVID-19 period have felt it. If worry is just too robust a phrase, nervousness would possibly be extra appropriately understandable.
Kang admitted, forward of this week’s occasion in Hawaii, that she’s been having these emotions on the course for fairly some time. Generally she handles it fairly nicely, different occasions not so. “I’ve gained a match feeling the best way I felt and I’ve misplaced a match feeling the best way I felt,” she mentioned Tuesday at Kapolei Golf Membership.
“I need to have the ability to be in charge of how I really feel. Lots of people cannot. They can not management the best way they assume, the best way they really feel, however what I can do is figure on it and apply how you can settle for that or cope with it higher. That is one of many issues I wish to work out.
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“Kia, I failed. I doubled the final gap realizing it was going to occur. It is issues like that. At ANA 18th I felt it, however realizing it may occur I virtually holed out. It is generally hit and miss.”
Kang, 28, mentioned she’s been working with, amongst others, swing coach Butch Harmon on embracing the sensation and never hiding from it.
“I try to create conditions to really feel it on objective, as a result of if I do it 1,000,000 occasions perhaps 1,000,000 and one will likely be simpler,” Kang mentioned.
Making an attempt to be even-keel is not the reply. That is simply not Kang. She’s an emotional individual and participant, and as her profile has risen within the sport as she mentioned, “every thing is magnified.”
Kang gained the primary two occasions after the LPGA Tour’s return from the coronavirus hiatus final yr, turning into, for a time, the top-ranked American on this planet. She’s since picked up three extra top-5 finishes, together with a pair of seconds, and has one end result outdoors the highest 13 this season.
As soon as No. 2 on this planet, she’s at present fifth, solely behind Nelly Korda (fourth) amongst People within the Rolex Rankings.
That is the LPGA’s first occasion because the ANA Inspiration, the place Kang completed 13th. The tour was off final week and Kang arrived early to Hawaii, hanging out with associates, having fun with “touristy stuff” and stress-free by the pool.
“It feels superb. I actually wanted it. I feel my girlfriends wanted it as nicely,” she mentioned. “I feel everybody wants one another and that is what associates are for and households are for.”
Kang mentioned she additionally watched the Masters as her associates made her activate the TV. She informed them, “Hey, it is a Friday. Chill out. You bought to attend till Sunday. Let’s simply watch the highlights. They had been like, ‘No we bought to observe this.’”
It’s now time to go from spectator – and vacationer – to competitor, which is the position Kang most enjoys. She mentioned she desires to play as a lot as doable, to present herself as many uncomfortable moments as doable, as a result of that one-millionth time may be the nook’s flip.
The journey continues in Kapolei, Hawaii, the place the Lotte Championship will likely be contested Wednesday by way of Saturday (stay Golf Channel protection, each night time from 7-11 p.m. ET).
It’s place to begin a run that sees the tour go to Los Angeles, Singapore and Thailand within the subsequent month.
“I really feel actually calm,” Kang mentioned about competing in Hawaii, “and proper the place I have to be.”