Ha Na Jang on her way to winning last year’s Women’s Australian Open at Royal Adelaide. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images
Ha Na Jang on her way to winning last year’s Women’s Australian Open at Royal Adelaide. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Defending champ’s gruelling pre-Open camp

SOUTH Korean star Ha Na Jang will bid for a successful Women's Australian Open title defence confident in her preparation after being put through a gruelling camp in Vietnam.

For an entire month, Jang and a squad of fellow Korean golfers were incredibly committed for 14 hours a day working on their game or fitness as they readied themselves for another season.

Each day started at between 4.50am and 5.20am and after a morning round, her focus would be on the putting green.

After lunch, Jang would dedicate four or five hours to the practice range.

Then it was dinner followed by at least 90 minutes in the gym.

Jang may have left the LPGA Tour full time to dedicate herself to Korean tournaments and be close to her family, but her work ethic remains intact, as has her enjoyment for golf Australian style.

"I have played four times in Australia and three times top 10 finishes and one time the leader as champion," Jang said.

"I always feel really comfortable in Australia.

"People are kind, the country is really good, the weather is perfect and the golf courses are really nice, so I think that's why it's good."

Ha Na Jang celebrates after winning the Women's Australian Open at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club last year. Picture: Tom Huntley
Ha Na Jang celebrates after winning the Women's Australian Open at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club last year. Picture: Tom Huntley

Jang proved a massive hit at Royal Adelaide last season, attracting her own fan following offering constant vocal encouragement.

And she gave them plenty of opportunity to get loud in the final round with an explosive eagle-birdie finish to triumph by three shots.

She remembers clearly her superb charge to glory on the back nine, not surprising given the abundance of times she has watched a replay of her amazing finish and her winning dances move at the trophy presentation.

Those boisterous fans have been in contact with Jang and they will be following her every move when the tournament kicks off on Thursday.

Jang has tuned up for the opening round with 18 holes at the Lockleys course followed by nine holes on Tuesday. She acknowledged the difficulty of the final five holes and believes the testing stretch of holes will impact significantly on the leaderboard.



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