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Sung Kang

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 170

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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. Aug 14 - 1:03 PM
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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.
Jul 2 - 6:33 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.
Jul 1 - 7:27 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.
Jun 30 - 7:09 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.
Jun 29 - 2:04 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.
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Jun 21 - 10:25 AM

Sung Kang heads back home for a semi-home game at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson.

The South Korean has set up shop in the Dallas area, so this week's event won't be too long of a commute. Kang missed the cut in his first two tries at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas but improved with a T34 last year. That is the story of his career, as well, a little erratic early on but really rounding into a consistent contender this year. He's been inside the top 20 after R3 in three of his last four starts, including a 54-hole lead at the nearby Shell Houston Open. Kang has gained strokes off the tee in each of his last seven measured events, and that is setting up plenty of scoring chances, making him a good option in all fantasy formats this week.
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May 16 - 10:05 AM

World No. 96 Sung Kang awoke to fire a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to wrap up on 7-under 281, up 13 spots to T6 with play still in progress.

After kicking off in progressively worse laps of 69-70-74, the 29-year-old began T19 on 3-under, three adrift of the overnight top 10. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 4.149 strokes tee-to-green and 1.039 strokes on-the-greens. The Irving, Texas, resident was even-par thru 11 holes, exchanging birdie-4 at two with bogey-5 at 10, but played his final eight holes in blemish-free 4-under, circling the 12th and finishing with a hat-trick at 16-18, starting the run with a 28-footer for birdie-2 at 16. This was his fourth VTO with a previous-best T42 last year, where he was T5 thru 36 holes. Kang adds a sixth top 25 of the season in 17 starts, third straight top 11 and second top 10. His other top 10 came across the state at the Houston Open, posting a career-best solo 2nd.
Apr 23 - 5:00 PM

Sung Kang concocted a 2-under-par 34-36=70 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, grabbing a spot inside the top 10 on 5-under 139.

Kang started on the back nine today and was slow out of the gates. Despite the slow start, his putter kept his momentum rolling, splashing in three par savers from the 7-to-10 foot range before even making the turn. He continued to plod along, with the flat stick continuing to do it's part. Today's round was a good example of patience and not trying to do too much, taking what the course gives you. With a pair of top 15s heading into this week, Kang was certainly in form and he's continuing that strong play at TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course.
Apr 21 - 8:06 PM

World No. 103 Sung Kang smoothed a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to finish up on 8-under 276, up five spots on the live leaderboard to T15 and the only blemish-free round in the books thus far in R4. UPDATE: With play completed, Kang finished T11 and J.J. Spaun added a bogey-free 69.

The 29-year-old arrived off a career-best solo 2nd at the Shell Houston Open where he was the second- and third-round leader. This was his third RBC and first made cut. After opening in 69-69-70, Kang began T20 on 5-under, and landed eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He carded three birdies at Nos. 5, 9 and 16, highlighted by a 17-footer for birdie-4 at the fifth. This was the South Korean's 16th start of the season and will be a fifth top 25.
Apr 16 - 4:19 PM

Second- and third-round leader and World No. 202 Sung Kang conjured up an even-par 36-36=72 in today's final round of the Shell Houston Open to settle for solo 2nd on 17-under 271, three adrift of champion and playing competitor Russell Henley, who shot 65, and drops to 0-for-1 from the three-quarter perch.

The 29-year-old came up short of his maiden TOUR title in his 95th career start, but does post a career best. His previous best, and only other podium, was T3 at the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which came in the final event of his rookie season, 74 starts ago. The South Korean played the Web.com Tour for three seasons, (2013-15), earning his way back to the main stage last year, where he finished 96th in FedExCup points. After opening in 65-63, he led by six, and after 71, still led by three, four clear of Henley. Kang posted week lows in fairways and GIR, with eight (of 14) and 11, respectively, exchanging two birdie-4s with two bogey-4s, playing his inward half in all pars. His previous best at the SHO was 69th last year and this is his first top 10 of the season in 15 starts (T12, WMPO).
Apr 2 - 3:44 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 202 Sung Kang pieced together a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in today's third round of the Shell Houston Open to post 17-under 199, good for a 3-shot lead over 18-hole leader Rickie Fowler.

After opening in 65-63, the 29-year-old began with a six-shot lead over Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley, which is the largest lead thru 36 holes on TOUR this season. After squaring just one bogey thru his first two laps, he squared three in his third frame (Nos. 5, 7 and 16), but outpaced them with birdies at 1, 4, 11 and 15, three from between eight and 21 feet. The Coppell, Texas, resident found 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.081 strokes tee-to-green though just 0.141 on the greens, posting 1.786 putts per GIR and 31 putts total. He's chasing his first TOUR title in 95 career starts with his best thus far a T3 at the now-defunct Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in 2011.
Apr 1 - 6:17 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 202 Sung Kang fired a season-low bogey-free 9-under-par 30-33=63 in today's second round of the Shell Houston Open to post 16-under 128, good for the 36-hole clubhouse lead, tying the course record, and setting a new 36-hole tournament scoring record. UPDATE: Kang leads by six over Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley, his first lead on TOUR since co-leading the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach thru 36 holes (72-60) before 70-77 left him T17.

The 29-year-old is the sixth player in tourney history to card a 63 at the Golf Club of Houston. Scott Piercy (2015/R1) was the most recent and of the previous five, two went on to victory: Phil Mickelson (2011/R3) and Johnson Wagner (2008/R1). Kang bogeyed his final hole in R1, the par-4 18th, 3-putting from 39 feet, taking some luster off an otherwise flawless 65. He circled one less birdie in R2, seven, but added an eagle at the par-5 eighth (his 17th), from 30'5". The Coppell, Texas, resident landed nine (of 15) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.467 putts per GIR and 6.856 SG: Putting. This is a new season low in 44 rounds, eclipsing 8-under 64 at the 2-course RSM Classic. That 64 was a new course record on the Plantation Course.
Mar 31 - 1:05 PM

Sung Kang torched the Golf Club of Houston to the tune of a 7-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of the Shell Houston Open, finding himself one stroke shy of the early leader Rickie Fowler.

Kang played steady golf all day, and it all started with an 8'8" par-saver at the first. While his putter certainly flashed some brilliance today, it was good approach play that set up the chances. He gave himself nine birdie looks from inside 15 feet. The 29-year-old stood over a 4'1" par putt at the closing hole, but missed it, citing a spike mark, to lose his clean card and also lose a share of the lead. Despite the late blemish, he still finds himself just one stroke off the early pace, with a morning tee time on Friday. Kang is no stranger to taking it low, as this goes in the book as his third round of 65 over his last 21 rounds played (R3/AT&T Pro Am; R2/WM Phoenix Open).
Mar 30 - 6:05 PM

World No. 210 Sung Kang rebounded for a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to conclude on 11-under 273, up 25 spots on the live leaderboard to T10.

The 29-year-old, who arrived off three straight missed cuts, was T40 in his only other visit to TPC Scottsdale so he betters that easily. He was T3 thru 36 holes (68-65) and just one back, but a 74 in R3 dumped him all the way to T35 to begin the finale. The South Korean, who resides in Coppell, Texas, mustered just five (of 14) fairways but hit 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and 2.892 SG: Putting. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 12 but camouflaged it with six birdies en route to a season best in his ninth start, previously T21 at the no-cut CIMB Classic.
Feb 5 - 3:46 PM