Also known as:Hahoetal (friendly face).
Born:June 2, 1966 in Yeongdeok, North Gyeongsang, S Korea.
Multiple Asian Tour winner and winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit (1996, '98).
One of the greats of Asian golf, Kang recorded seven career wins on the Asian Tour and many more in his native Korea.
Played as the Thailand Masters (Feb 1-4; Asian Tr season opener; formerly Lexus International). Second-placed Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) finished 5 shots behind 34-year-old Kang (S Kor). [Windmill Park CC, nr Bangkok, Thailand; now called Summit Windmill GC].
Played as the Maekyung LG Fashion Open (April 27-30; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Kim Felton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Kang (S Kor). [Namseoul CC, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, S Korea].
Played as the inaugural Asian Nations Cup (Oct 8-10; Asian Tr two-man World Cup of Golf qualfying event). Won by the Korean team of Wook-soon Kang & Wan-tae Kim. Gaurev Ghei (India) won the individual prize. [Kota Permai G&CC, Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
Played as the Lance Field Cup KPGA Championship (Aug 26-29; Korean Tr event). Kang (S Kor) beat Yong-jin Shin (S Kor) in a playoff. [Blue and Black Dragon courses, Tianlong CC, S Kor].
Played as the ERA Taiwan Open (Sept 2-5; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Kyi Hla Han (Myan) finished 1 shot behind Kang (S Kor). [Sunrise G&CC, Taoyuan, Taiwan].
Played as the Perrier Hong Kong Open (Asian Tr event). Second-placed Ed Fryatt (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Kang (S Kor). [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].
Played as the Omega PGA Championship (Asian Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Chin-sheng Hsieh (Taiw) finished 3 shots behind Kang (S Kor), who recorded back-to-back wins having also won the 1998 Hong Kong Open. [Clearwater Bay G&CC, Hong Kong].
Kang (S Kor) won his second Asian Tour Omega Order of Merit, with 1998 earnings of US$150,772 on the Tour. Ed Fryatt (Eng) was second with $139,447; Shaun Micheel (USA) was third with $124,502.
Played as the inaugural Tournament Players Championship in Malaysia (April 25-28; Asian Tr event). Kang (S Kor) beat Go Higaki (Jpn) at the first playoff hole. [Tanjong Puteri Resort, Johor, Malaysia].
Kang (S Kor) won the Asian Tour 1996 Omega Order of Merit, with earnings of US$183,737 on the Tour. Gerry Norquist (USA) was second with $129,404; Thammanoon Sriroj (Thai) was third with $127,422.
Played as the Kuala Lumpur Open (Asian Tr event). Second-placed Kenny Walker (Scot) and Brad Andrews (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Kang (S Kor).
Chevron Championship: the first women’s major championship of 2023 is played for the first time in Texas, having been uprooted from its home of 51 years at the Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California.
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