“I’m so overwhelmed,” Kang said.
Since she birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over the defending champion Brooke Henderson at Olympia Fields to win the second major of the year, Kang has been receiving about 700 messages a day on her phone and via social media platforms, she said. At first, she tried to reply to every message, but she quickly fell into keystroke quicksand.
In desperation, she handed her phone to her mother at the beginning of this week so she would have several hundred fewer distractions.
Annika Sorenstam, a retired 10-time major winner, reached out to Kang the old-fashioned way — by tracking her down in the clubhouse — to offer her congratulations. She threw in some advice on how to handle the attention that can engulf a first-time major winner.
Kang said Sorenstam had told her to carve out time for news media obligations but also to make time for herself. Kang, a California…