Ha Na Jang Wins the BMW Ladies Championship in Exciting Playoff Battle

Ha Na Jang shot a seven-under-par 65 Sunday to claim an exciting one-shot playoff victory at the BMW Ladies Championship at the LPGA International Busan.

The 27-year-old Jang, who was an LPGA Tour Member from January 2015 to May 2017, earned her fifth LPGA Tour victory and first since the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Image courtesy of BMW Ladies Championship

She earned the victory with a one-shot third playoff hole victory over American Danielle Kang, who was seeking her second consecutive event victory by birdieing the 10th hole after both golfers shot par twice on the 18th hole.

Kang was looking to become the first player to win consecutive events since Shanshan Feng won the 2017 TOTO Japan Classic and the 2017 Blue Bay LPGA.

Jang came into the day in third place, one stroke behind KLPGA tour rookies Somi Lee and Seung Yeon Lee.

She shot a 69-67-68-65 over the four-day tournament for a total score of 269, charging back to tie Kang with an eagle on 11 and a birdie on 17 after being three shots back.

Image courtesy of BMW Ladies Championship

“After the eagle on the 11th hole, I really felt I could win. As for future plans, I just hope to grow as a player,” she said at the post-tournament press conference.

With the win, the 56th ranked Jang can accept immediate LPGA Tour Membership or defer Membership to the 2020 season.

She had previously rescinded her LPGA Tour Membership and returned to the KLPGA Tour, citing a desire to be closer to her family.

As the champion, she won $300,000 bringing her career earnings to $2.9 million dollars.

Jeff Liebsch
Jeff Liebsch has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Eurobasket, Tribal Football and Yonhap News. He can be followed on Twitter at @chevybusan.

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