NAPLES, Fla. – Ha Na Jang nearly opened her rookie year in spectacular fashion.
Though Jang is No. 15 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and enjoying a good start to her LPGA career, a first victory has proved elusive. She has finished second three times this season, including a playoff loss to Chella Choi at the Marathon Classic in July.
Jang is in position to remedy that at the CME Group Tour Championship after taking the second-round lead Friday with a 7-under-par 65. She’s two shots ahead of Lydia Ko (67).
“I think too much, I want to be a champion,” Jang said after Friday’s round. “I don’t want to think about it.”
Jang was the Korean LPGA Player of the Year and leading money winner in 2013. She was among a wave of talented South Koreans who came through LPGA Q-School late last year. She tied for sixth at Q-School.