Homesick Jang puts family first on leaving LPGA

Hazel Gray
May 24, 2017

Golfer Ha Na Jang is rescinding her LPGA Tour membership to return to the Korea LPGA Tour.

Jang said those controversies weren't a factor in her decision to leave the LPGA and rejoin the KLPGA full time.

Golfer Jang Ha-na comforts her mother at a restaurant in Seoul on Tuesday.

"I haven't been playing well since the Australian Open", Jang said. "And I made this decision because I decided spending time with my family is more precious than becoming the best golfer in the world".

"Now, I want to have a more enjoyable golf life having my parents and other important people next to me".

Jang's ceremony after the win upset Chun's fans and as an aftereffect of the incident, Jang was absent from the LPGA tour for several weeks. She had three runner-up finishes and ranked 15th on the money list in her rookie year.

In March 2016, Jang and Chun In-gee were travelling to the HSBC Women's Champions tournament - two compatriots battling for the chance to represent their country at the Rio Olympics.

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This led Chun to withdraw from the tournament but led Jang to win the tournament.

"Even though I won four times (on the LPGA Tour), I still felt empty inside". "I only knew of golf when I was little".

Reuters first reported on Jang's somewhat shocking decision.

Since the TOTO Japan Classic previous year, Jang has considered coming back. "But from now on, I'll spend as much time with my mother as I can".

"I thought being world number one was the only goal in my life and that was where my happiness comes from", she said.

"I made the decision in consideration of my aging father who has given up a comfortable life to support me in the USA, and my mother who had lived alone, leading a lonely life", Jang said.

Jang endured a trying stretch in 2016 after a weird off-field incident in March that year. But in the press conference in Seoul, Jang said her choice has nothing to do with Chun. When questions regarding the incident were brought up, Jang made it clear that the incident had nothing to do with Chun. Her agency said Jang dealt with symptoms of insomnia and anemia, with bouts of blurred vision, dizziness and vomiting - likely caused by the stress from the Singapore incident.

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