Two days into practice at the 18th Solheim Cup and Danielle Kang still doesn’t have her golf clubs. Well, technically she has one club. Kang packs her putter separately in a rifle case so that it doesn’t get bent.
But the rest of her clubs, well, they never made it to Spain. While Kang plays Titleist clubs, Ping put together a set for her on Tuesday so that she could play Finca Corestin during the morning practice round. Titleist shipped a second set that’s scheduled to arrive late Tuesday night.
One silver lining: Competition doesn’t begin until Friday.
As for that putter, Kang took an idea she had to famed club designer Scotty Cameron and then watched excitedly as that idea came to life. Together they made three different molds.
“I do travel with my putter separately, yes, in a rifle case,” said Kang on Tuesday in Spain, “because my putter is a different model, so we don’t have the bending machine for it, and it bends a lot during travel, so I put it in a separate case to travel with because I don’t have the means to get my putter checked every week and, yes, the clubs do get bent on the plane and, yes, they matter, to all the people wondering.
“So thankfully the putter didn’t get lost. But it’s OK. The other 13 are coming. It’s coming. We have faith. Stacy (Lewis) is on it. I mean, she’s putting out fires, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one causing fire right now.”
Kang, for the record, ranks second on tour in putts per green in regulation. Cameron stamped “DK Special” on the bottom of their one-of-a-kind creation.