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Kang downs Korda to win Women's Amateur title

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Danielle Kang birdied the 35th hole Sunday to beat Jessica Korda 2 & 1 in the 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

In the battle of 17-year-olds, it was Kang who collected her first USGA title.

"It's so awesome. I don't know, but I even told myself I don't understand why people cry when they win stuff, but now I do," Kang said. "You're just so happy you did it."

Korda was conceded a short birdie on the 30th hole to take her first lead of the match. Kang squared things up on the 32nd with a five-foot birdie effort.

Kang two-putted for par on the 34th hole, but it was good enough to give her a 1-up cushion as Korda could not save par from a greenside bunker. Kang sealed the win with a four-foot birdie putt on the 35th hole.

Earlier in the match, Kang grabbed a 1-up lead with a six-foot birdie putt on the second. Korda answered with a 15-footer for birdie on three to square the match.

Kang, who was the stroke-play medalist at the 2009 Women's Amateur, came right back with a two-putt birdie on the fourth to regain the lead. She pushed her advantage to 2-up with a two-putt par at the fifth.

Korda twice got within 1-down over the next 10 holes, but a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th gave Kang a 2-up margin heading to the second 18.

After the break, Korda won the 23rd with a par, but she bogeyed the next to again fall 2-down. Kang found trouble off the tee on the 25th and that led to a bogey, which cut her lead to 1-up.

Korda squared the match for the first time since the third hole on the 27th, where she rolled in a four-footer for birdie. Despite moving ahead on the 30th hole, Korda was denied her first USGA title.

"I was a little tentative this morning. I was getting really frustrated with myself not only because I wasn't making birdies, but then I was frustrated at her making birdies because I wasn't used to that," Korda said. "All week if I made a birdie then someone else would miss."

08/15 20:21:43 ET


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