Kang edges Korda 2 and 1 to capture U.S. Women's Amateur crown

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Associated Press

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Danielle Kang's 4-foot putt on the next-to-last hole in the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday gave her a 2 and 1 match-play victory against Jessica Korda.

Kang had led deep into the second round during the final at Charlotte Country Club. But she conceded the lead when she ran into bunker trouble on the 30th hole. Korda took the lead for the first time when her third shot reached within a foot and Kang's fourth shot stuck in the rough.

Kang squared the match three holes later with a 5-foot par putt. She retook the lead on the 34th hole, when she converted for par and Korda missed a putt from at least 10 feet.

Kang and Korda, each 17, were vying for their first U.S. Amateur title. Sunday marked the third straight match in which Kang, the women's amateur medalist a year ago, fended off a rally during the final three holes.