Jang dances clear of rivals to win in Singapore

Sun Mar 6, 2016 7:05am EST
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Jang Ha-na sank a short eagle putt on the last and immediately broke into a Beyonce-inspired shimmy to celebrate her second win of the season with a brilliant four-shot triumph at the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday.

The Korean started the day one ahead of the pack but stormed clear on the back nine to close with a seven-under-par 65 for a 19-under total, capped by the gutsy eagle on the par-five last when she took on the lake with a fairway wood to attack the pin.

"I felt very comfortable today but am really, really happy this year because I have two wins right now," Jang, who will rise to number five in the world rankings, told reporters. "Closing with that eagle was amazing in my mind, very lovely."

The effervescent Jang was tracked all the way by playing partner Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand, who scrambled brilliantly to stay in touch and closed with a bogey-free 68 but was thwarted once more in her latest attempt to win on tour.

Pornanong now has three second-place finishes in as many years and would have secured victory had it not been for the brilliance of Jang, the Thai finishing four clear of Korea's Amy Yang in third with a group of five players a further shot back.

Jang started the year by becoming the first player on the LPGA Tour to score a hole-in-one on a par-four in the Bahamas and has backed that up with a victory in Florida last month and another in Singapore to continue her rich vein of form.


That maiden triumph was celebrated with her self-styled 'Samurai-lasso' dance and after inventing a new way to enjoy her victory on Sunday, the 23-year-old could soon be running out of ideas to mark each victory as her stock rises on the LPGA Tour.   Continued...

Aug 22, 2015; Coquitlam, British Columbia, CAN; Ha Na Jang drives from the second hole during the third round at Vancouver Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports