Ha Na Jang went electric again Sunday in her victory celebration, turning the 18th green into a dance stage after winning the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.
Instead of celebrating her victory with the same “Samurai Lasso” move she unveiled after winning the Coates Golf Championship last month, Jang celebrated with some Beyonce-style dance moves from the pop star’s “Single Ladies” video.
“I am single right now, too,” Jang said.
Jang delighted the gallery around the 18th with her dance steps and was asked to do them again during the trophy presentation. Of course, she obliged.
“I try Beyonce,” Jang said.
With her 10,000 watt smile, and with her animated celebratory moves, Jang is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining personalities at the top of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. She moved to No. 5 in the world with her tour-best second victory this season.
Jang says she has lots of energy to burn, which earned her the nickname “HaNa-Gizer.” She shows that with all the fist pumps she makes in a round. Her story keeps getting more colorful. After she holed out at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in the season opener to become the first LPGA player to make a hole-in-one on a par 4, she knelt and bowed on the green, kissing the turf. And after that round, she revealed she has three dogs named Albatross, Birdie and Eagle and that she wanted to add a fourth to name it Hole-in-One.
Jang, 23, beat the strongest field in golf this year in Singapore, with the lineup including the top 17 in the Rolex rankings, 23 of the top 25. She leads the LPGA in money-winnings and Race to the CME Globe points.
As a Korean LPGA star, Jang didn’t have much problem closing out leads. She won eight times on the KLPGA. Jang, however, struggled closing out as an LPGA rookie last year. She finished second four times on the American-based tour while watching fellow countrywomen Sei Young Kim, Hyo Joo Kim and In Gee Chun all win LPGA events. The frustrating part of that for Jang is that she beat them all out for KLPGA Player of the Year honors in 2013. Jang failed to capitalize on 54-hole leads in three of her second-place finishes last year.
In this past offseason, Jang went to work shoring up her game, tightening her swing with former Web.com Tour pro Kevin Kim in a boot-camp style month of work before the season opener. Jang also went to work on improving weaknesses in her short game. It’s paying off largely. She closed out a 54-hole lead when she won at Coates last month, and she closed out another 54-hole lead Sunday in Singapore. She was brilliant in the final round with a 7-under-par 65 to win in a four-shot runaway. She played the final seven holes in 5 under, and she eagled the 18th after ripping a fairway wood over water to a precariously placed hole location.
“Very exciting,” Jang said.