PHOENIX, Ariz. – What are your goals for the season?
It’s a simple question, but fans would be amazed by how many players either can’t answer that question or don’t want to.
Not Ha Na Jang.
“This year my target is five wins,” she said matter-of-factly on the range in Phoenix. She won three last year.
“Wow,” her uncle Rambert “Rambo” Sim quietly exclaimed.
Sim sometimes serves as an interpreter for the bubbly Jang, but she didn’t need any help getting that point across.
Jang, 24, won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Feb. 19 with a spectacular finish, carding an eagle and three birdies over her last six holes.
She competed twice more in Asia before returning to Korea last Monday, where she promptly went to the hair salon and got rid of her blond hair.
“I wanted to go a little more dark,” she explained.
Then she was off to a delicious dinner with friends that last four hours.
On Tuesday, Jang stopped by a local hospital that works with handicap children and donated $100,000. Jang said she had played with some of the kids on a previous occasion and wanted to help. She wears a pin from the hospital on her collar.
On Wednesday the World No. 6 spent time with sponsors to celebrate career win No. 4.
Then she flew to San Diego to stay at Sim’s house before driving down to Phoenix for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on Sunday.
Monday afternoons are typically quiet at tour stops. Jang stood on the range cranking drivers next to World No. 1 Lydia Ko.
She had the Trackman set up to check on how far she’s carrying the ball in the desert. In Singapore, Jang flew her 7-iron 148 yards, but she’s carrying it 155 this week.
When asked if the victory in Australia came quicker than expected, Jang went over her winter training schedule in windy Vietnam.
For 28 days in January she woke up at 4:30 a.m. and toiled until 9 p.m. She wanted to take things to a different level in 2017 and was pleased to see the hard work pay off immediately.
One would think winning a major must weigh heavily on her mind, but Jang says it isn’t so.
“Just different money,” she said.
It would, however, bring Jang one step closer to her big, bold goal.
Now that we know, it will be fun to watch her chase it.