American Danielle Kang taking part in U.S. Girls’s Open with tumor on backbone

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Danielle Kang revealed Friday that she performed the primary two rounds of the U.S. Girls’s Open with a tumor on her backbone.The 29-year-old, who’s ranked No. 12 on the planet, mentioned that she realized of the analysis “just a few weeks in the past” and has undergone a number of exams however that it isn’t clear but whether or not the tumor is malignant or benign. She mentioned docs are additionally working to find out if the tumor is the reason for her again ache or a contributing issue.She plans to have additional exams subsequent week and is unsure how a lot taking part in time she is going to miss.2 Associated”I’ve gone by way of lots of procedures up to now, and with the method of elimination we’re narrowing it down,” Kang mentioned. “It will take time.”The American shot a 3-over 74 on Friday after an opening-round 71 at Pine Needles and was across the reduce line with the afternoon wave on the course.Kang has been coping with again ache since early April, when she withdrew from the Lotte Championship. She pulled out of the Palos Verdes Championship later that month and hadn’t competed since.”My purpose proper now could be to get by way of this week,” Kang mentioned. “I wished to make the reduce. I wished to play 4 rounds out right here after which my focus was going to be getting higher after that. The one factor on my thoughts has been to play the U.S. Open.”Kang mentioned that she did not wish to publicize the problem however that phrase started to leak out.”I simply do not wish to focus on the main points of what’s going on with my again,” she mentioned. “My precedence one is to be pain-free, and proper now I am not there but.”When requested how she felt taking part in Friday, Kang laughed and mentioned, “I am not feeling unbelievable, however I am taking part in golf, so that’s good. I am ok to play, and all I wished [is] to compete.”Exterior of a triple bogey on No. 1, Kang mentioned she is proud of the way in which she performed Friday contemplating she hasn’t practiced in “eight or 9 weeks.”Kang turned professional in 2011 and has received six LPGA Tour occasions, together with one main, the 2017 Girls’s PGA Championship. She has greater than $7.5 million in profession earnings.

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