Updated: Jan, 2017

HAEJI KANG

The Facts

Birthday: November 14, 1990
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2009
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Home Base: Gold Coast, Australia
Best LPGA Finish: T-3rd (three times)
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-5th (2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship)
Best score: 62 (2013 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.54 (2012)
Best Season money total: $456,425 (2012)
Best Season Money Position: 29th (2012)
Most Top Tens/Season: 4 (2012)

Rookie of the Year Finish: Well back

Height: 5' 7"
2017 LPGA Status: Category 17
Nicknames: None known
How's her English?: Decent
Road to the LPGA: Earned limited status on tour at 2008 Qualifying School

Capsule Bio

Haeji Kang is one of a growing number of Koreans who has moved from her home country as a young girl to train overseas. In her case, she first moved to New Zealand, where she lived for three years, before relocating to the Gold Coast in Australia. She attends the same high school as Amy Yang, the superstar who won the ANZ Ladies Masters in 2006. She is one year younger than Yang.

Kang has quickly built up an impressive resume of achievements. In 2007, she won the Australian Girls' Championship, and finished as the runner up at the Senior Amateur to another Korean amateur star, Helen Oh. The organizers of the ANZ Ladies Masters decided she deserved a chance to play there in early 2007, much like Yang had the previous year. Kang made the cut and finished tied for 40th, the low amateur in the field.

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In November, Haeji played in the Futures Tour Q-School, where she finished tied for 12th. Thus, she turned professional. In 2008, she finished tied for 14th at the ANZ Ladies Masters, a good omen in preparation for her move to the States.

In 2008, she played the Futures Tour, where she made over $30,000 and finished just outside of the top ten on the money list. This is important, since a new rule change made it so the top ten players on tour received cards for the LPGA. She had six top tens, including her first professional win in Richmond, Virginia, in August.

In late 2008, Haeji Kang participated in the 2008 LPGA Qualifying School. She finished tied for 29th to earn category 16 status on tour in 2009.

Haeji had an OK rookie season despite her low status on tour, highlighted by a great performance at the Wegman's, where she shot her career low round and finished tied for fourth. This top ten and a few other good weeks were enough to earn Kang a full exemption for the 2010 season.

In 2010, she made the most money of her career, finishing 59th on the money list to keep her card. She had one top ten, at the Sybase Match Play. Her best finish in the 2011 season was 14th; she finished 77th on the money list that year, keeping full status for 2012.

Haeji improved enormously in 2012. It was in fact by far her best season yet. She finished 29th on the money list with over $400,000 in earnings and four top tens. She had her first top 20 in a Major at the Nabisco, and her career best finish of third at the Navistar. Her scoring average was also her best by a lot. With her 2012 season results, Haeji Kang has put herself on the radar as an up and comer for the first time.

Her 2013 results were pretty similar to her 2012 results. She still wasn't able to get a win, but did manage three top tens and more than $400,000 in earnings, good for 37th on the money list. Her most notable achievement was her tie for 5th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her first ever top five at a Major.

Haeji had two top tens in 2014, both ties for third place, at the Reignwood LPGA Classic and the ShopRite Classic. She finished 49th on the money list for the year.

Kang had a markedly worse season in 2015 than in her previous years. She was not able to make even a single top ten and only made $44,000 for the year. As a result, she dropped to category 16 status for 2016. Her 2016 season was about the same, with her best finish a tie for 20th. She dropped even further to category 17 status for 2017.

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