Danielle Kang 'Beyond Grateful' After Clubs Finally Arrive At Solheim Cup

Danielle Kang was finally reunited with her golf clubs just ahead of the start of the Solheim Cup after they got lost in transit

Danielle Kang reunited with her clubs at the Solheim Cup
(Image credit: Getty Images | X: @Stacy_Lewis)

A relieved Danielle Kang said she was "beyond grateful" to captain Stacy Lewis and her staff for managing to get her lost golf clubs to Spain in time for the Solheim Cup.

And in fact, Lewis and her team did such a good job that Kang was pictured with two sets of clubs after a spare set was also cobbled together in Spain.

Kang and Team USA have been desperately scrambling around to get her clubs to Finca Cortesin ahead of Friday's Solheim Cup start after they were lost during the trip across the Atlantic.

Urgent appeals were put out on social media with Kang even publishing her details to the airline online so that her golf bag could be sent over to her as soon as possible.

Kang's first appeal said that her golf bag "had missed every flight" from Amsterdam to Malaga, as she was left just chipping with some spare wedges while the rest of her team practiced properly around the course.

"Kind of a big tournament going on this week" Lewis said on X, formerly Twitter, as she tried to chase up the lost clubs.

However, the they finally showed up at Finca Cortesin and on Wednesday morning Kang was pictured giving her golf bag a big hug in sheer relief.

What's more, she also had a spare set of clubs as well, with Lewis posting the picture along with the line "We went from none to 2! Thanks to all that helped!!" on social media.

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Lewis later revealed that her dad got hold of Kang's clubs and brought them to the course, after having an "astronomical" amount of people working to track them down.

"My dad actually went and picked it up for us. So Dad gets the MVP of the week," said Lewis. 

"But, yeah, the number of people that were working on finding that golf bag the last two days is astronomical, so we were very excited. 

"Danielle’s given us many hugs and thank yous. She was is very appreciative. But, I’ve told a lot of people this, she’s handled it so well, so remarkably well, that I think it sent a message to the rookies of there was no panic in her and it’s helped that team room vibe. 

"I don’t even think Danielle realized it, you know, that she’s being a leader in that aspect. So it’s just been really cool to see her step up."

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Team USA are hoping to win back the Solheim Cup after suffering back-to-back defeat to Europe - and hoping to stop the hosts from making it three in a row.

Kang not being able to locate her clubs has made for a tense build-up for her and her captain Lewis, which was not ideal under usual tournament circumstances let alone ahead of the Solheim Cup.

Kang still has time now to take her clubs out onto the course and give it her full attention ahead of the big tee-off on Friday morning.

Six-time LPGA winner Kang, who lifted the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, has has a 5-7-0 from her previous Solheim appearances.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.