He had guided her as a young girl on the driving ranges of South Korea; he had stood beside her as she won the US Women’s Amateur Championship in 2011.
The 24-year-old was a simple two-foot putt away from her first ever senior victory, but the anguish of losing him to cancer in 2013 came flooding back.
“When I was playing in the US Women’s Amateur, my dad was right next to me,” said Kang. “I had that utter confidence that no one could get in my way, and all week I felt like that.
Kang is the first to admit she has endured a “really difficult road” in the ensuing years but as the crowd fell silent at Illinois’ Olympia Fields Country Club and time slowed, she made no mistake, clinching the…