Kang plays with Wie

Danielle Kang, a 14-year-old from Oak Park, played a practice round on Monday with Alexis Thompson (the 12-year-old phenom) and with Michelle Wie on Tuesday. Kang had called and requested to play with Wie.
“She was just really nice,” Kang said. “It was nothing different than playing a practice round.”
With the exception of all those people, of course.
“I wasn’t paying attention to that,” Kang said.
Their round was stopped short after five holes because of thunder.

Kang has only played nine holes on the back, she still hasn’t seen the front. She’s going to play the front nine Wednesday in her final practice round.
She said the course was nice and that the greens are fast and hard. She said she should be fine putting as long as she figures out the speed of the greens.
Kang putted next to Annika Sorenstam on the green and she said hi to Morgan Pressel.
Kang’s favorite part of the tournament, thus far, is probably all of the freebies.
“I like how people treat you,” Kang said. “At junior tournaments they treat you the same. But they treat me different (here). At junior tournaments, they just give you a golf ball. Here’s, everything’s different. My shoes were really tight, so I asked Taylor Made to give me bigger shoes and they put them in my locker. I had white ones today and then they also put black ones in my locker.
“Titleist gave me three dozen golf balls. In the locker room, there are sunglasses you can take and all the spikes you want any color. It’s cool. It’s just really cool.”

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