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Jang shoots 70 to win by one at Wegmans LPGA

6/25/2006

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Jeong Jang's surprise win in the Women's
British Open last summer was a bigger accomplishment.
Her triumph Sunday in the Wegmans LPGA -- her first on American
soil -- was more joyous.
"I've been waiting a long time, feels like over a year," the
26-year-old South Korean said after her one-stroke victory over
Paraguay's Julieta Granada at the Locust Hill course. "That's why
I think more happy."
With a 13-under 275 total, Jang picked up her second career LPGA
Tour title and earned $270,000 to jump from 11th to seventh on the
money list with $650,081. She is the eighth South Korean winner on
the tour this season.
Granada, a 19-year-old rookie who tied for fourth in February at
the Fields Open in Hawaii, birdied the last hole for a 67.
"My putting was really on," said Granada, who made a 25-foot
birdie putt on No. 13. "Unfortunately, I couldn't make birdie on
any of the next four holes. I didn't hit good shots in ... so what
can you do?"
Marcy Hart (69) missed an 18-inch par putt on the last hole to
drop to 11 under and a tie for third with Brittany Lang (71).
Mi Hyun Kim (72), who along with Lang started the day one stroke
behind Jang, finished fifth at 19 under.
The 20-year-old Lang, a runner-up in the U.S. Women's Open as an
amateur a year ago, briefly held the lead after the turn, but fell
away when wayward drives led to two straight bogeys.
Jang, now in her seventh year on tour, burst to prominence last
July with a wire-to-wire win at Royal Birkdale. A major victory,
she said, made her realize that success in golf is within her
grasp.
Last month, Jang squandered a three-shot lead in the final round
of the Corning Classic to drop into a tie for seventh.
She opened Sunday with a bogey after driving into the rough, but
rebounded with a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 2 and remained one ahead
of Lang with another birdie on No. 4. Jang reached the front edge
of the green on the par-5 eighth in two and two-putted for her
third birdie.
She missed a 10-foot par putt on No. 10 to lose the lead to
Lang, but went ahead again at No. 13, leaving her approach shot 6
feet away. She then drove into a bunker on No. 15 and failed to
convert a 20-foot par putt.
Her third shot from the rough on No. 17, a par 5, hit the
flagstick and she birdied from 2 feet to regain the lead for good.
She finished with a tap-in par.
"I was very nervous, at the starting hole and finishing hole,
so nervous," Jang said. "That's why I had a couple of bogeys. I
had a little busy day but it's OK."
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa, who has two victories and five
second-place finishes this year, closed with a 69 to tie for sixth
at 9 under. The Mexican star stayed atop the money list with $1.2
million, extending her lead over Australia's Karrie Webb (71), who
finished at 1 under.
South Korea's Shi Hyun Ahn, who led by one after both the first
and second rounds, shot a 71 to tie for 17th at 6 under.
Another South Korean, Gloria Park, closed with a 65, the day's
best score, to leapfrog into sixth place alongside Ochoa, Wendy
Ward and Sherri Steinhauer.
The $1.8 million tournament in Pittsford, a Rochester suburb, is
in its 30th year.