Danielle Kang competes with a spinal tumor



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Danielle Kang competes with a spinal tumor

Danielle Kang, with 145 shots (71 on the first round and 74 on the second), made the cut in extremis at the US Open golf, which is being held at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines (North Carolina, USA.).

The American golfer suffered to reach the major and then to continue in competition. For months she has lived with severe back pain. She has now revealed that she is the product of a spinal tumor, without knowing yet if it is a benign or malignant condition.

Danielle Kang, statements

"I've been through a lot of interventions so far and with the elimination process we're narrowing it down. It's going to take time. It's been a tough road. But I'm really happy to be able to hit shots and I feel like my game is there," acknowledged Kang, of 29 years old, after finishing his second round.

Earlier in the week her illness was known when her brother Alex commented on it in an Instagram post. Kang discovered that she had a tumor when she returned from the LPGA tournament in Palos Verdes in late April, from which she withdrew after the first round.

The doctors told her that she would not be able to play the US Open, but she was determined to be able to do so thanks to the help of her physical therapist. Throughout the second round, she was seen reaching out and grabbing her back on several occasions.

"I've played really bad for the last two months. I haven't touched a club or practiced for a long time. My goal for now is just to play this week. I didn't want to miss out. So for the last seven or eight weeks I've done everything possible to get here.

After this week I will focus on tackling my back problem," Kang told the media. For the last seven or eight weeks I have done everything possible to get here Kang has six titles. She played her first tournament as a professional in September 2011.

She debuted her record in a big way by scoring the women's PGA in 2017. She also won the LPGA Drive on Championship, a three-round tournament with which the LPGA returned after confinement in August 2020 "It's not just that I have a problem with my back, there's more.

The scary part is, I get it, and I didn't want to post it, but I know it came out. There's more. I just don't want to discuss the details of what is happening in my back," said the American golfer. Kang's father, who was his amateur caddy, died after a battle with lung and brain cancer in 2013.

"I don't feel great, but I'm playing golf. All I wanted to do was compete. I feel I can, I just had a little bit of bad luck, I triple bogeyed. Other than that, I actually played pretty solid," Kang explained.

After the US Open, Kang will undergo additional tests to see the exact extent of the tumor and undertake the most appropriate treatment. She has already withdrawn from the next two LPGA Tour events: the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Meijer LPGA Classic and she doesn't know when she will play again: "It could be a week, it could be months. I don't know the answer."