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Jang Ha-na giving up LPGA membership and returning to South Korea

World No.10 Jang Ha-na is ready to rescind her membership of the US LPGA Tour and return to her native South Korea, it has been announced.

The 25-year-old, who has so far recorded four victories on the elite US tour since her 2015 rookie season, has racked up an impressive $2.6 million in prize money, but has also endured a difficult time due to issues off the course.

Jang was hitting the headlines in March last year after a bag being carried by her father came crashing down an escalator at Singapore's Changi Airport and slammed into South Korean rival Chun In-gee, forcing her to miss the LPGA's HSBC Women's Champions tournament.

To add insult to injury for the injured Chun and her fans, Jang won the event in Singapore and then celebrated with a memorable rendition of a 'Beyoncé-inspired' dance, prompting a firestorm of criticism from Korean media.

The controversy around that tournament lingered for many weeks, with Jang reduced to tears at subsequent media conferences; and it took the South Korean another four months before she recorded a top-10 finish.

Then, security had to be called at the LPGA Tour's stop in South Korea last October, the KEB Hana Bank Championship, to deal with a spectator after he was verbally abusive to Jang while she was thanking the crowd after her round.

Jang’s management team Sportizen said she would hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss her decision to return to South Korea.




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