Ha Na Jang birdies third playoff hole to win BMW Ladies Championship

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Ha Na Jang birdies third playoff hole to win BMW Ladies Championship

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Ha Na Jang birdies third playoff hole to win BMW Ladies Championship

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Ha Na Jang punched the air with her first and raised her hands toward the sky in jubilation. As far as celebrations go, this one was subdued for the exuberant Chang. Then again, Chang’s “Samurai” dance and Beyonce moves didn’t go over well in South Korea after two of her early wins on the LPGA.

In 2016, Jang said the message in Korea was that she gave “too much reaction, too much celebration, too much fun. Looks really bad.”

Then there was the luggage incident with rival In Gee Chun. Jang’s father let go of a hard-case suitcase at the top of an escalator at the airport in Singapore and it slammed into Chun, who was forced to withdraw from several events. Given the fierce competition for an Olympic spot that year among the South Koreas, it was headline news.

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The fun-loving Jang, 27, ultimately rescinded her LPGA membership in May of 2017, citing family illness and returned to the Korean LPGA. After defeating Danielle Kang after three playoff holes at the BMW Ladies Championship, Jang now has the opportunity return to the LPGA as a member.

“As for going back to the LPGA, there’s a lot to discuss,” said Jang, who has until Monday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. Eastern to accept 2020 Membership. “My mother is not quite well yet. I think I would have an answer for you regarding returning to the LPGA later on. I can’t say right now.”

Jang closed with a 7-under 65 in Busan to finish knotted at 19 under with Kang, who shot 64. The American Kang was trying to make it two victories in a row after defending her title last week in China. Jang and Kang finished three clear of the field at 269.

After both players were forced to get up and down on the first playoff hole, Kang lipped out a 10-footer that would’ve won it.

“That was such a good stroke,” said Kang. “I thought it was in.”

Players moved to the 10th hole the third time around and Jang stuck it to 4 feet.

“I played to the level of this game which is the best,” said Jang, who now has five victories on the LPGA and 11 on the KLPGA. “I’m also happy that I went into a playoff with one of my closest friends Danielle Kang.”

For Kang, Busan brought back a lot of childhood memories as she spent several years living there due to her father’s job. After K.S. Kang died six years ago of cancer, Danielle started writing notes to her father every day in a journal, a practice she continued through her first LPGA victory – a major.

“I love the fact that people came up and said how great my dad was,” said Kang of being back in Busan. “I’m sure that he’s known a lot of people that I don’t know. Despite winning or losing, I’m just really proud that I got people to remember my dad by watching me, even becoming the honorary citizen of Busan and all of the fans making those banners and everything like that.”

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