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Danielle Kang has taken to Twitter to address the headlines she has made this week – and called on people to stop sending her “hate messages”.

The 26-year-old American has found herself in the role of pantomime villain for this week’s Solheim Cup after making some strong claims in advance of the match.

Before arriving in Scotland, the world No.17 told a golf.com podcast that she intended to make her opponents cry.

“You’re trying to take souls,” she said. “Just crush the other team. That’s the fun of it.”

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When she got to Gleneagles, Kang stoked the fires further when she said she expected to be booed by the home crowd.

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Her comments subsequently dominated much of the build-up to the match and, when she wasn’t listed for the opening morning’s foursomes session, it prompted speculation that her comments had contributed to her absence (although captain Juli Inkster later denied this).

Kang did feature in the afternoon, partnering Lizette Salas in a match that, in itself, made headlines for all the wrong reaons. The US pair went down 4&2 to Suzann Pettersen and Anne Van Dam but it was the group’s pace that was most remarked upon.

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How has all of the furore affected the major champ? She gave some indication of that on social media tonight.

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“Dear people that are upset,” she tweeted. “[My] golf.com comment was about how many players feel about playing matchplay. Now if that was taking out of context then oh well. About being booed? Well I was told that, so I just repeated. I guess that was taken out of context as well?

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“All in all this is supposed to be fun! We had a great match today and there were some amazing golf played today by both teams! Let’s all just enjoyed that instead of sending me hate messages?

“Don’t take life so seriously. Enjoy the moment.”

She added: “And please stop twisting my words, and or cut clips, cause I may have to go with generic answers from now on.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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