South Korea is to women’s golf what the United States is to men’s basketball: far and away the best in the world. One of their higher-profile players on the LPGA Tour is Ha Na Jang, the world’s No. 10 ranked female golfer.
The 25-year-old announced that she will rescind her LPGA membership and play full-time in Korea, a stunning development for a Tour she was playing well on.
- In just her third year on the LPGA Tour, Jang already has four career victories, with her most recent coming in February of this year at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australia Open
- Jang made headlines in March of 2016 with a bizarre incident where her father dropped a travel bag down an airport escalator, injuring LPGA competitor In Gee Chun. Chun was forced to withdraw from the next event, which Jang won. She was widely criticized for her animated celebration following the victory
- Jang is reported to have struggled with the media attention and backlash the incident engendered. Her production dipped in the months following.
- She is holding a press conference today to discuss the decision
“I thought being world number one was the only goal in my life and that was where my happiness comes from. But I realized there are many more important things than that. Even though I won four times (on the LPGA Tour), I still felt empty inside. I made this decision because being with my family is more important to me than being the world’s top golfer.”
–Ha Na Jang
This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.