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Sung Kang

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 170

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On a challenging day for scoring, World No. 118 Sung Kang authored a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 10-under 203, up 20 places to T12 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With R3 completed, Kang is T11, seven adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Marc Leishman and Aaron Wise.
The Irving, Texas, resident needed a quasi home game to get something going, down 31 spots in OWGR from the beginning of the year. Other than a 36th- and last-place finish at the Zurich (with John Huh), he hasn't cashed a check since T58 at Bay Hill nine weeks and seven starts ago. The South Korean's career best in 130 events is 2nd at the 2017 Houston Open, had a T6 at last year's Valero, and was T20 in this event last season (TPC Four Seasons). On 13 greens in regulation, he carded six birdies against two bogeys, gaining 1.936 strokes approaching and 1.605 on-the-green with 28 total putts. The 30-year-old opened with twin 68s, his first round(s) in the 60s since Arnie's Invite. May 19 - 4:31 PM

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Sung Kang lasted 27 holes at this week's Houston Open before calling it quits. He was 5-over at the time of the withdraw. There was no injury cited. UPDATE: Kang returned to action April 12th at the RBC Heritage and missed the cut by 11 shots on 11-over 74-79=153.

Kang circled five birdies in round one but also swallowed a bogey and a pair of double bogeys. The Texas resident returned to the Golf Club of Houston this morning and settled for three bogeys and a double bogey before withdrawing at the turn. He found water twice during that nine-hole stretch. Kang posted a career-best, runner-up finish at this event last year but couldn't find that same magic this week. Making his 125th career start, this will go in the books as his second career mid-tournament WD. We will update if any injury news pops up.
Mar 30 - 1:30 PM

Sung Kang posted a career-best finish at the 2017 Houston Open and returns to Humble, Texas, for another crack at the Golf Club of Houston.

Kang fired 65-63 to kick off last year's Houston Open. That had him leading through 36 holes and a third-round 71 helped maintain that lead. Kang faded on Sunday as he settled for an even-par 72, nearly two strokes below the field average for that day. Certainly a disappointing finish for Kang, but that close call should provide some confidence as he returns this week. Entering the event he's finished outside the top 55 in six of his last seven starts but a return to Texas could provide the spark needed for this Dallas resident.
Mar 28 - 11:41 AM

Sung Kang returns from a fun week at the EurAsia Cup and will get right to work at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Kang was a big part of the early success for Team Asia last week. Paired up with Poom Saksansin on day one, the duo ripped apart Henrik Stenson and Alex Levy en route to a 5-and-4 victory. The same duo lost to Thomas Pieters and Matthew Fitzpatrick on Saturday but Kang halved his match with Fitzpatrick on Sunday. After a promising start, Europe prevailed in the end. Despite the lengthy travel, Kang should be well prepared this week. He shared some videos a few weeks ago of him practicing at PGA WEST. Gamers should give Kang a long look in deeper formats as he tries to build on last year's breakout season.
Jan 16 - 8:52 AM

Making his fifth start at The RSM Classic, Sung Kang opened his week with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 while facing the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, throwing his name into the mix early in the week.

Kang entered the week without much success at this event. He is 2-for-4 in his previous appearances here with last year's T33 being his only top-70 finish. Still, he didn't let that discourage him as he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation today. His scoring club caught fire as he circled seven birdies before the day was over. The lone blemish came at the par-4 fifth hole where he three-jacked en route to a bogey. Last year Kang proved he wasn't a one-year wonder when he made the FedExCup Playoffs for a second straight season, finishing 59th in the FEC standings by year's end. The 30-year-old could be considered a late bloomer, but gamers shouldn't let that deter them from riding the form while it lasts.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Sung Kang heads home to Jeju Island, South Korea, for this week's inaugural CJ CUP at NINE BRIDGES.

Kang threw his name into the mix last week in Malaysia (CIMB Classic), finishing in a share of third place by week's end. It was the third podium finish of his PGA TOUR career, his second in the last seven months. The late-blooming 30-year-old is still searching for his first PGA TOUR victory. This week presents a good opportunity as Kang grew up on Jeju Island so he should be quite comfortable with the culture and climate of the area. Adding to his appeal, both of his career wins as a pro golfer have come in Korea. Gamers should certainly give a long look to Kang this week, in all formats.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 01:43:00 PM

World No. 105 Sung Kang carved out a 1-under-par 33-38=71 in the final round of the CIMB Classic for a four-day tally of 17-under 271, good for a two-way T3, seven shy of overnight leader and champion Pat Perez.

This was the 30-year-old's second CIMB after T21 last year. It's his second start of the season, beginning with T62 at the Safeway (73-68-75-73), which followed a career-best 59th in the final FedExCup standings last year in his fourth TOUR campaign. After opening in 67-68-65, the South Korean began in solo 3rd, five short of Perez. Playing out of the final threesome, he found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, matching Perez' outward 3-under 33 (four birdies, one bogey). He stalled out with a 2-over last nine however, erasing circles at 14 and 16 with bogeys at 12 and 15 and double bogey-7 at 10. This is Kang's third podium in 114 career events, first since a career-best solo 2nd at the 2017 Shell Houston Open back in April, where he was the second- and third-round leader, closing with even-par 72.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 08:15:00 AM

Sung Kang authored a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round three of the CIMB Classic but, despite remaining in third spot with 18 to play, actually fell a further shot behind leader Pat Perez.

That's the deal at TPC Kuala Lumpur this week. The Korean picked of an eagle (5th) and seven birdies (1, 3, 10, 12, 14, 17 and 18) today but dropped shots on the par 3s at 8 and 11 denied him the super-low one he needed to try and reel in Perez, who kicked on with a 64. Kang, who is at 16-under 200, will start the final round five shots back as he goes in search of a first PGA TOUR win. "I played pretty good today, and Pat really made a lot of putts today," said Kang. "I had some chances but I didn't putt as well as, I mean, I should have. So hopefully tomorrow I putt a little bit better than today and have some good start. There's a lot of birdie opportunities so I look forward to it."
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 05:40:00 AM

Sung Kang coasted to a 4-under-par 33-35=68 during round two of the CIMB Classic, placing himself in a share of third place on 9-under 135 as the play concludes on day two.

Kang is making his second appearance at the CIMB Classic (T21, last year). He also pegged it twice at TPC Kuala Lumpur when it hosted the Malaysian Open. He's no stranger to the course, and it's shown with consistency. After splitting 10 (of 14) fairways in R1, he found nine more today. After landing 14 greens in regulation on day one, he found 14 more today. His lone bogey (in both rounds) came at the par-4 12th. Kang looks very comfortable as he searches for his first PGA TOUR victory. At the midpoint, he sits just four strokes off the leader's pace.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 08:31:00 AM

Prior to the start of the Wyndham Championship, Sung Kang has taken his name out of the field list, setting his eyes on the FedExCup Playoffs which begin next week.

Kang finished T44 at last week's PGA Championship, fading from T12 to T44 with a final-round 76 (+5). Perhaps, he's feeling the fatigue after now posting back-to-back seasons of 29 starts. Currently ranked 42nd in the FedExCup standings, Kang can now prep for his second straight appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs. Last year he went T18-MC during his post-season run. Kang is having the best season of his career but he's posted just one top 40 in his last nine starts. A week of rest might help him regain some stamina.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 01:03:00 PM

World No. 87 Sung Kang stalled out to an even-par 33-37=70 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National, dropping one place to T5 on 4-under 276, three swings shy of a two-man playoff involving Kyle Stanley and Charles Howell III.

After opening in 66-69-71, the 30-year-old began T4 on 4-under, three back of 54-hole leader David Lingmerth. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he was 3-under thru 14 holes, outpacing bogey-5 at 11 with birdies at 7, 9, 12 and 14, but then played his final four holes in 3-over, bogeying the 15th and eating double bogey-5 at 17 (tee ball in the water). The South Korean found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.230 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.086 around-the-green. He posted 1.727 putts per GIR and 0.762 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts. This was Kang's third QLN and first cash, and eighth top 25 of the season in 25 starts. It's his third top 10, first since T6 at the Texas Open, and earns him a spot into The Open in three weeks.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 06:33:00 PM

World No. 87 Sung Kang tread water with a 1-over-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to post 4-under 206, currently T4 on the leaderboard, which is where he began the day, three back of the leader on the course David Lingmerth, who's playing the 18th.

The 30-year-old hit nine (of 14) fairways and just eight greens in regulation, losing 1.947 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.136 around-the-green. He outbalanced three birdies at Nos. 5, 6 and 12 with four bogeys at 3, 9, 15 and 17, the latter a bogey-save from 21'3" after putting his tee ball to the par 3 into the water. The South Korean's split featured a 16-footer for birdie-3 at five and a 20-footer from just off the green at the sixth. He recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.601 SG: Putting, walking off with an 11-foot par-saver at the 18th.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 07:27:00 PM

Sung Kang styled a 1-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of the Quicken Loans National, climbing to 5-under 135 at the midpoint to grab a share of fourth place.

Kang started his round by stuffing a 277-yard approach shot to 7'11" at the par-5 10th. He would miss the putt but a tap-in birdie was still a nice way to kickoff the day. That strong tee-to-green play stuck with him all day as he gained 3.039 strokes approaching-the-green in R2. Add in his R1 approach total of +3.866 and he currently ranks 1st in the field. The putter didn't cooperate today, though, as his longest converted putt came from 9'11" for birdie at the par-4 first hole. Kang is striking the ball great right now, making him a true contender to win this weekend if he can find some magic with the flat stick.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 07:09:00 PM

Sung Kang tackled TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm with a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the Quicken Loans National, staking out an early share of the clubhouse lead alongside Troy Merritt, Johnson Wagner, and Marc Leishman. UPDATE: Kang was later overtaken by David Lingmerth who fired a 5-under 65 to take control after day one.

Using traditional stats, Kang landed just 13 greens in regulation. If we dive a little further we see that nine of those GIRs landed inside 15 feet, giving him a high volume of scoring chances. He converted on six of them while swallowing two bogeys along the way. His stellar ball-striking was good enough to gain 3.571 strokes approaching-the-green, good for first in the field at the time he walked of the course. Kang's last first-round lead/co-lead came all the way back at the 2011 Viking Classic where he'd go on to finish T7. Six months before that, he posted his only other career FRL (2011 Farmers Insurance Open), fading to T51 by week's end. Kang is a much improved golfer since then, and his season-long results indicate that a win before 2018 would not be too surpising.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 02:04:00 PM

Sung Kang ranks 37th in the FedExCup standings ahead of his appearance at this week's Travelers Championship.

Kang is having a career season as he's already matched his best season in terms of top 25s (7) and top 10s (2). The strength of his game has been his ball-striking as he currently ranks 39th in strokes gained off-the-tee and 57th in strokes gained approach-the-green. While his pace has slowed a bit recently (T80-75-T57 in last three starts) he is still playing some great golf this season and it wouldn't be a surprise if he found his way into the winner's circle before the year is over.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 10:25:00 AM