PHOENIX – Megan Khang broke out of the long shadows over her at the JTBC Founders Cup.
The 18-year-old LPGA rookie, the only child of a pair of refugees whose Hmong families fled their homes in the mountains of Laos to escape persecution 40 years ago, started the week as the obscure third member in a grouping with Michelle Wie and Cheyenne Woods.
The fans came out Thursday and Friday as much as they did to see Woods, the hometown favorite who is niece to Tiger Woods, as they were to see Wie.
When Khang played with emerging star Brooke Henderson in the third round, it was the same story again.
Nobody really knew who Khang was.
Tournament parking staffers didn’t know, either. They towed Megan’s father’s rental car out of the player parking lot while Megan was out playing in the first round, believing the car didn’t belong there.
By Sunday’s end, Khang showed she belonged with her name hanging prominently on the leaderboard.
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