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San Francisco Native Captures Women's PGA Championship

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    San Francisco Native Captures Women's PGA Championship
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    OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - JULY 02: Danielle Kang poses with the championship trophy after winning the 2017 KPMG PGA Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club on July 2, 2017 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    San Francisco native Danielle Kang birdied the final hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, edging defending champion Brooke Henderson at Olympia Fields, Illinois.

    Kang bogeyed the tricky par-3 17th, and Henderson closed with two birdies to move into a tie for the lead, coming up just short on a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. But Kang responded with two solid shots to get to the green in two, and then two-putted for the victory.

    It was another great finish for the LPGA Tour's second major of the season. The 19-year-old Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a playoff last year at Sahalee in Washington.

    The 24-year-old Kang trailed Henderson and Chella Choi by one after she bogeyed the par-4 10th at Olympia Fields. But Kang moved in front with four straight birdies on Nos. 11-14.

    Kang also had a clutch 21-foot par putt at 16 on her way to a 4-under 68 and the winner's check of $525,000. Henderson closed with a 66 to finish a stroke back, and Chella Choi, who was tied with Kang for the lead coming into the day, was third at 10 under after a 71.

    Kang's previous best finish in a major was a tie for 14th in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.

    Kang was born in San Francisco but grew up in Southern California. She now lives in Las Vegas.

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