Updated: January, 2017

HA NA JANG

The Facts

Birthday: May 2, 1992
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2015
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Residence: San Diego, CA
LPGA Wins:
3
Best LPGA Major Finish:
T-3rd (2014 Evian Championship)
Best Score: 62 (2016 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship)
Best Scoring Average for a Year: 69.98 (2016)
Best Season Money Total: $1,383,575 (2016)
Best Season Money Position: 8th (2016)
Most Top Tens/Season: 8 (2015, 2016)
Rookie of the Year Finish: 4th
Height: 5' 5"
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
Nicknames: Clover Girl, Hanagizer
How's her English?: Good
Road to the LPGA:
Finished T-6th at 2014 Q-School to earn full status

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Capsule Bio

Ha Na Jang is another Korean golfer who became a star while still a teenage amateur. She is short in stature, but strongly built, and as a result hits the ball extremely far. Bubbly in nature, she quickly became one of the strongest of the young up and coming amateur golfers in Korea. How strong? She finished tied for 42nd at the Korean Women's Open as a 12 year old. At that event, she was seen picking clovers while waiting to tee off. Ever since then, the clover has been her symbol, and she usually has a clover on her golf bag.

At some unknown point, Jang and her family relocated to the US, and now reside in San Diego, CA. She is renowned for a relentless work schedule which saw her working often until midnight six days a week.

In 2007, Jang began playing top events with international fields more regularly, with great results. She made a big splash early in the summer, winning the Callaway Junior World Championship in North Carolina by ten shots. On one hole, she recorded a 312 yard drive.

At the US Girls Junior that year, she got out to a great start by finishing second in the stroke play portion of the event -- behind only Kimberly Kim, who set a record with her own score. But Jang did not last long in the match play, losing in the first round. A few weeks later, she had a much more impressive run at the US Women's Amateur. Among those she trounced in match play were highly touted American youngster Alexis Thompson and fellow Korean amateur star Mi Jung Hur, while she eked out a close 20 hole win over college star Tiffany Joh. Jang finally lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Maria Jose Uribe, although it took Uribe making two ridiculously long putts, including a 50+ foot birdie, to do it.

Jang had a superlative 2009 season. She won the World Golf Championship that summer by six shots. In the fall, she played in two KLPGA Majors, and found herself in contention in both of them. At the Hite Cup, she finished third behind winner Hee Kyung Seo. But at the year's final Major, the KB Star Tour Grand Final, she duked it out with Seo until the bitter end. In fact, she even briefly captured a share of the lead before Seo claimed it back. In the end Jang lost by a shot to Seo, the KLPGA's top player.

Jang flew under the radar in 2010. She turned pro early and played mostly mini-tours. At the end of the season, she attended KLPGA Q-School and easily earned a tour card for 2011. In her very first event as a KLPGA member, she contended for the win and notched a top ten finish. But her rookie year proved to be a bit underwhelming. Touted as one of the top prospects for Rookie of the Year, she never really challenged the eventual winner, Yeon Ju Jung. She had three top ten finishes, her best result a third at the S-OIL Champions. She finished 32nd on the tour's money list.

Ha Na Jang finally had her big KLPGA breakthrough in 2012, though it didn't happen immediately. Indeed, she started the year missing 5 of her first six cuts. She made her first top ten at the Hanwha Classic in September, but it was in October that she at last broke through. It started with a 4th place at the Rush & Cash Classic, then a third at the Hite Cup, the year's third Major. At the year's last Major, the KB Financial, she finally got her first tour win. She wound up 10th on the money list for 2012, with ~258 million won earned and five top tens.

Jang started 2013 on a good note by finishing 17th at the Swinging Skirts event in Taiwan, then following that with a third at the Hyundai China Ladies Open, several shots behind the two way battle for the win between Rookie Hyo Joo Kim and two time champion Hye Youn Kim. Jang went on to have a career best season on the KLPGA tour, establishing herself as possibly the player to beat on that tour for the next few years.

Jang got off to a great start with a 2nd place at the LotteMart Women's Open, and had two more runner-up finishes at the EDaily and the Woori. She finally broke through with her first win of the year at the Doosan Match Play, beating rookie star Hyo Joo Kim in the quarters and rookie star In Gee Chun in the final. Jang slowed down a little after that, but still led the money list most of the Spring and summer. She climbed back into the winner's circle in October at the Rush & Cash, climbing to a big lead in round 2 and cruising to the win. She won the following week as well, capturing the Hite Cup with a dominating final round performance. She was pitted against Hee Kyung Seo in the final round. Seo had beaten Jang at this very event in 2009, and they were tied after a few holes on Sunday. But at that point, Jang went on an absolute tear, holing out for eagle and making several more birdies to climb to a ten shot lead. She got revenge on Seo and captured her second career KLPGA Major in the process.

In 2013, Jang collected three wins and made nearly 690 million won, coming close to beating Jiyai Shin's all time record for most money made in a single season. She also won her first Player of the Year award, eclipsing Hyo Joo Kim at the final event. She had 13 total top tens, most of which were top fives.

Jang barely paused for breath before she started up again in 2014. In December, 2013, she finished tied for 6th at the Swinging Skirts in Taiwan, and followed that with a win at the Hyundai China Ladies Open. Just two events into the 2014 season and Jang already was tops on theKLPGA money list again . Her wins allowed her to climb to 14th in the world by year's end, the fifth highest ranked Korean in the world (sixth if you include Lydia Ko).

For the first few months of 2014, Jang was clearly the player to beat on the KLPGA. But after she went to America to play the US Women's Open, Hyo Joo Kim took off by winning the Korean Women's Open the same week. Kim went on to win two more events in rapid succession, dominating the rest of the KLPGA season. But Jang still had a very good year. She won one more KLPGA event for two total and .had 10 top tens during the year. She finished 6th on the money list with 583 million won earned.

Jang also played several LPGA events in 2014. After a 14th at the HSBC, she had several mediocre results in three more events. Then, everything came together for her at the Evian Championship in September. She put herself into contention, and with two holes left still had a chance to win. But she missed a short birdie try on 17 and a par on 18 and wound up tied for third. Ironically, her KLPGA nemesis Hyo Joo Kim ended up winning.

Jang's success at the Evian convinced her to try her luck at LPGA Q-School. She did great, leading for several rounds. Alas, she struggled a lot in the final round and fell to 6th place, but it was still more than good enough for her to earn her LPGA card for 2015.

Ha Na Jang played her first LPGA event the following January. She had to Monday qualify to even get into the field of the Coates Championship, but she played well all week, nearly winning before getting touched out by Korean star Na Yeon Choi. She contended several more times before putting herself in great position to win at the Marathon Classic in July. In fact, she was tied for the lead coming into the final hole, and had a great birdie chance to win outright. But she missed, and wound up losing the playoff to Chella Choi.

Ha Na would have two more runner-up finishes, at the Cambia Classic in Portland and the CME Group Tour Championship in November. In all, she notched 8 top tens, made $883,032, and finished 15th on the money list. Despite those great stats, she only finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year standings. Tough competition!

After a great rookie season with everything but a win, it did not take Ha Na long to correct that in 2016. She finished tied for 11th at the Pure Silk Bahamas, but made history by making a hole in one on a par 4 hole. She became the first person in LPGA history to accomplish that feat. The next time she played, at the Coates Championship, she collected her first win, celebrating with a distinctive "samurai sword" move that went viral.

Jang won her second career title a few weeks later at the HSBC Women's Champions, again celebrating in a unique way by doing a dance modeled after a Beyonce video. But it was what happened at the start of the week that had the biggest impact. While arriving at the airport for the tournament, Jang's father accidentally let go of a suitcase while riding an escalator. The case struck fellow golfer In Gee Chun in the back, injuring her and forcing her out of several tournaments, including the HSBC. Chun's fans were outraged by this, and when Jang won, she temporarily replaced Chun on the Olympic team. That, coupled, with a victory dance many fans saw as being inconsiderate of In Gee's feelings, resulted in a massive backlash against Jang. For the next few months, she struggled with sleeplessness and anxiety as she tried to put the incident behind her.

Jang's game also suffered, and eventually she skipped about two months of play while she tried to regroup. This knocked her out of the running for the Olympics and International Crown teams, and eventually Chun qualified for both while Jang made neither.

Jang recovered by the summer, and had several more good finishes, including a tie for 5th at the British Women's Open. In October, Jang played brilliantly in Taiwan at the Fubon Championship. She followed two 69s with her career best 62, taking a six shot lead into the final round. China's Shanshan Feng nearly caught her, but Jang just managed to hold her off for her third win of the year.

She nearly won a fourth time in Japan, but this time it was Feng who got the trophy while Jang finished second. In 2016, Ha Na managed 8 top tens, and broke 70 for her scoring average while also setting a career best in money earned (she broke a million in a season for the first time, and finished inside the top ten in 8th place, her career best).

Ha Na also played a few times on the KLPGA tour in 2016, managing a top ten at the Kumho Tires event in July. In December, she played the Hyundai Ladies China Open, where she was in contention much of Sunday before a late double bogey allowed Hyo Joo Kim to take the title. Jang finished second.

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