Danielle Kang Reveals Spinal Tumour During US Women's Open

Following her second round at the US Women's Open, the former Major winner revealed that she had been diagnosed with a tumour on her spine

Danielle Kang hits a tee shot
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On Friday, Danielle Kang fought bravely and resiliently as she made the cut on the three-over-mark at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. However, it is her battle off the course where the 29-year-old's mind is perhaps at, with Kang revealing that she has recently been diagnosed with a tumour on her spine.

Currently, Kang sits just outside the World's top 10, with the American withdrawing from two tournaments earlier this season with back pain. Originally, she hadn't planned on sharing much about the circumstances, however, she addressed the situation when word "got out."

Danielle Kang hits an iron shot from the fairway

Kang in action at the 2022 US Women's Open

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Speaking at the US Women's Open, Kang stated that: "I'm actually doing everything I can. I've done -- I don't know how to answer these things right now. I don't have all the answers.

"I've been working with Dr. Mohair (phonetic) and he has been really great, and my physio, Heather Lyndon, has gone above and beyond. Same thing with my physio Aaron Bond (phonetic) out here. They're just keeping me together.

"I think my focus right now -- my goal is to play this week. I didn't want to miss it. For the last seven, eight weeks I've done everything I can to get here. After this week I will focus on addressing the issue and then trying to figure it out from there."

Kang went on to add: "Right now, it's not as simple as blaming the tumour to be the problem. 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 publicise 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."

Danielle Kang poses next to a trophy

Kang's last win came at the 2022 Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions

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Although the timescale is unclear, Kang has enjoyed a successful period on the course in 2022, with the American securing four top 10 finishes in her first four events of the year, including a victory at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.

However, Kang recently stated: "I've played so bad for the past couple of months. I haven't touched a club or practised for a long time." As of writing, the 29-year-old sits in a tie for 59th at the US Women's Open, with a third round 73 putting the American at five-over-par for the tournament.

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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