Danielle Kang will miss upcoming LPGA Tour events to focus on health after cancer diagnosis

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Six-time LPGA Tour winner Danielle Kang will take indefinite leave after revealing during the women’s competition US Open last week that you have been diagnosed with spinal cancer.

Kang took to social media on Tuesday to announce her decision, which she believes came from a position of wanting to “compete, not just participate.”

Danielle Kang plays a shot from the 18th fairway during the second round of the 77th US Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 3, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Danielle Kang plays a shot from the 18th fairway during the second round of the 77th US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 3, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
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“For now I will not participate [in the] ShopRite LPGA Classic, Meijer LPGA Classic, DOW GLBI and, unfortunately, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, “the statement read.

“As a past champion, this was it it is not an easy decisionhowever, if I’ve learned anything from the idea of ​​playing the US Open, I want to compete, not just participate. ”

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The 29-year-old played the first two rounds of the US Women’s Open last week after receiving his diagnosis “a few weeks ago”.

Kang said she has undergone multiple tests, but it is still unclear whether the tumor is malignant or benign. She said doctors are also working to determine if the cancer is the cause of her back pain or a contributing factor.

Danielle Kang of the United States fields a putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the USWomen’s Open 2022 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 4, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
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“I have followed a lot of procedures so far and with the elimination process we are shrinking it,” he said. “It will take time”.

Kang turned pro in 2011 and won six LPGA Tour events, including one of the main, the 2017 PGA Women’s Championship.

Danielle Kang of the United States plays her second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the USWomen's Open 2022 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 3, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Danielle Kang of the United States plays her second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the USWomen’s Open 2022 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 3, 2022 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
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“I’ll take some more time to get back to 100% and until then, thanks for all the kind messages and support,” he said Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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