Danielle Kang said Tuesday that she will skip several upcoming LPGA Tour events as she strives to regain full health.
Kang revealed at the US Women’s Open last week that she was playing with a tumor in her spine. She said she learned of the diagnosis “a few weeks ago” and underwent multiple tests, but it was not yet clear whether the tumor was malignant or benign. She said doctors are also working to determine whether the tumor was the cause of her back pain or a contributing factor.
She had been dealing with back pain since early April, which forced her off several events before returning to the Open Championship, where she finished 63rd in 13th.
“For now, I will not participate [in the] ShopRite LPGA Classic, Meijer LPGA Classic, DOW GLBI (Great Lakes Bay Invitational) and unfortunately the KPMG Women’s Championship. As a former champion, this wasn’t an easy decision, but if I’ve learned anything from playing the US Open, I want to compete, not just participate,” Kang posted on social media.
“I will take some time to get back to 100% and until then, thank you for all the kind messages and support.”
The announcement means that Kang will be out until at least mid-July.
Kang became a professional in 2011 and won six events on the LPGA Tour, including one major tournament – the 2017 PGA Women’s Championship. She is ranked 12th in the world.