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Sung Kang

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 170

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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. May 16 - 10:05 AM
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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

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 210 Sung Kang styled a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a two-day tally of 9-under 133, up 14 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, one back of clubhouse leaders Byeong Hun An and Brendan Steele.

The 29-year-old ends a slump of three straight missed cuts on TOUR and five of his last six. He was one (of nine) stranded on Day 1 due to darkness, returning on Friday morning to completed one hole (in par) and finish off a five-birdie two-bogey 68. The South Korean striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation in R2, gaining 2.679 strokes off-the-tee and 3.879 with the flat stick at the time he signed his card. He squared a lone bogey-4 at four (failed sand save) and overwhelmed it with seven birdies, three from greater than 13 feet with a long of 23'8" at the par-4 second.
Feb 3 - 4:14 PM

The first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended due to darkness at 6:04 p.m. MST and will resume at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

This is nothing new for the Phoenix Open as the amount of daylight is the biggest reason the field is restricted to 132 golfers in the first place. Prior to sunset, Sung Kang was closing his round in style. After a quiet 1-under 34 outward nine, he blitzed the back nine with four birdies in a five-hole stretch, starting with the par-5 13th. He currently sits at 4-under thru 17. The 29-year-old finished T40 here way back in his 2012 debut and this is his first time earning his way back.
Feb 2 - 8:43 PM

World No. 210 Sung Kang looks to turn things around at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open where he's making his second appearance, first since T40 in 2012.

The 29-year-old has missed three straight cuts and five of his last six, interrupted only by a T33 at The RSM Classic before the holiday break, which included a course-record 64 (Plantation Course). Overall, he's 2-for-8 on the season with a best of T21 at the no-cut CIMB Classic. Looking ahead to next week's AT&T Pebble Beach, the South Korean also owns the course (and tournament record) at Monterey Peninsula CC with 11-under 60, which is a career low in 244 rounds. He ranks 70th on TOUR in greens in regulation (72.75 percent) but 208th in putts per GIR (1.825).
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Feb 1 - 3:01 PM

Sung Kang set the course record at Sea Island Resort's Plantation Course with an 8-under-par 32-32=64 during round two of The RSM Classic, vaulting up to 5-under 137 after day two, making it through the cut line on the number.

With the Plantation Course being added to the RSM rota last year, it's only been used during four days of play now. While a plethora of golfers have pieced together a 7-under 65, Kang is the first to reach 64. He did so by striping 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 15 greens in regulation. The highlight was an eagle at the par-5 16th. Kang also chipped in for birdie at the par-3 seventh as he was making his way into the clubhouse. This round was a nine-shot improvement over round one when he carded a 3-over 73 at the host course (Seaside). He will now turn his attention back to the Seaside Course for the weekend.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 04:43:00 PM

World No. 186 Sung Kang is in Kuala Lumpur for his tournament debut at the CIMB Classic.

After three straight years on the Web.com Tour, the 29-year-old made it back to the main stage last season, finishing 96th in the final FedExCup standings, keeping his card for the first time in his third year on TOUR. He posted seven top 25s in 16 made cuts (29 starts), including a T18 in his Playoffs debut at The Barclays where he closed with a course-record-tying 7-under 64 at Bethpage Black. The Irving, Texas, resident's season best among two top 10s was T8 at the Northern Trust and also posted a T18 at the U.S. Open in his only major appearance in 2016. He arrives off a missed cut (by one) last week at the Safeway (70-72).
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Wed, Oct 19, 2016 11:54:00 AM

Sung Kang styled a course-record-tying 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The Barclays to finish up his tournament and Playoffs debut on 2-under 282, up 46 places on the live leaderboard to T21 and projecting to climb 32 spots to 90th in the FedExCup standings.

The 29-year-old sandwiched a pair of 75s with an opening 68 and today's eight-birdie one-bogey showing. His 64 matched the course record at Bethpage State Park's Black Course, shot by four players, most recently by Johnson Wagner today, three groups ahead of Kang. After finding just six greens in regulation in R3, the South Korean peppered 17 GIR in the finale, circling Nos. 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 and 12-14. That equates to a tidy 1.588 putts per GIR and 1.580 SG: Putting. Five of the eight dropped from greater than eight feet with a long of 22'11" at the par-3 third.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 02:46:00 PM