Snooze you lose: May not be problem for Oz leader Kang

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How will Danielle Kang sleep on her first 54-hole lead in a LPGA event?

It could be a restless night, but not necessarily for the reasons you’re thinking with Kang sharing the lead at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Kang’s older brother, Alex, is caddying for her this week. They’re also sharing a room.

“He snores at night, so I have ear plugs now,” Kang said.

Kang, the 2010 and '11 U.S. Women’s Amateur champ, said her brother’s good qualities trump the snoring.

“It’s OK, he keeps me relaxed,” Kang said. “I’m usually really intense and uptight, and I have a strict schedule, but then he just goes `chill.’ It’s really nice just because I’m way more relaxed on the golf course, or at home, so it’s good.”

Kang, 23, is seeking her first LPGA title in her fifth season on tour. Her bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67 Saturday moved her atop the leaderboard with Jenny Shin and Haru Nomura.

“Today, everything felt really solid, and I’ve been playing pretty good this week,” Kang said. “I’ve been hitting every green or making really good up-and-downs. My brother keeps saying, `Be patient. Be patient. You can’t get too ahead of yourself.’ Having him on my bag really helps.”