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Danielle Kang’s Solheim Cup mini-nightmare ends as her missing golf clubs arrive in time for matches

September 20, 2023

Angel Martinez

The start of Danielle Kang’s 2023 Solheim Cup week was the stuff of nightmares. Though she arrived on time for the biennial tournament between the United States and Europe, her clubs did not. They had somehow missed their connection out of Amsterdam to Spain. Finally, on Wednesday, her clubs appeared.

The ordeal was a stressful start to the week, with Kang putting out pleas for help on social media and her captain Stacy Lewis working behind the scenes to locate the missing bag. A mini-tour player who also happened to be in Spain offered to bring her clubs to Kang so that she had something to play with. Someone found a set of Ping clubs for her to use on Tuesday so she could get out on the course, Finca Cortesin. Kang’s sponsor, Titleist, hustled to build a backup set and ship it to her.

But Kang took the chaos in stride.

“I’m just happy everyone else’s arrived,” Kang said while talking to the media on Tuesday. “I can handle the drama. At least I got to play today. I got to test out the golf course. It is what it is. You just kind of roll with the punches. It's life, it's golf, you know, it's OK. I'm here and we're good (laughing).”

One silver lining was that Kang travels with her putter in a separate bag from the rest of her clubs, and that bag arrived without issue.

Now she has her other 13 clubs, and the backup set of 13 that Titleist sent, and two days to prepare before the first match begins on Friday.