Why Ha Na Jang is leaving LPGA Tour membership to go back to South Korea

Why Ha Na Jang is leaving LPGA Tour membership to go back to South Korea

Ha Na Jang is giving up her LPGA Tour membership and leaving the Tour to head back home to South Korea to return to competing on the Korean LPGA.

Reuters first reported on Jang's somewhat shocking decision. Jang has come under fire since a March 2016 incident in which her father accidentally injured fellow top player In Gee Chun with baggage falling down an escalator at an airport. Chun missed the HSBC Women's Champions tournament as a result. Jang won that tournament, doing her version of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" dance, angering some fans.

Jang was heckled by fans and criticized in the Korean press over the debacle, leading to tense, emotional news conferences.

The 25-year-old Jang is ranked 10th in the world. She joined the LPGA Tour in 2015 and has four LPGA wins, including three in 2016 and the Women's Australian Open in February 2017.

Jang's representation at Sportizen said she will begin playing again on the KLPGA Tour in June.

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