(Southport, Merseyside, England – July 31 2005) South Korean Jeong Jang completed a wire-to-wire victory to claim her first professional title at the Weetabix Women’s British Open, this season’s final major championship, at Royal Birkdale GC.
|Jang gets a soaking on the 18th green|
“I’m really nervous right now,” said the 5’ 2” Korean in her post-round press conference, adding, “More nervous than I was on the golf course.”
“I was really nervous before and I couldn’t sleep last night, but my caddy, Les Luark, kept me relaxed and that was really important.”
Following her round, Jang, who finished tied second at the Women’s World Cup of Golf in South Africa in February, was soaked by her playing partner in the event and Samsung Ladies Masters Champion Bo Bae Song, also from Korea.
She admitted that her silky putting and low drives were perfectly suited to the links conditions at Royal Birkdale.
“On this course I had a lot of confidence, because I hit my driver low, which is good for the wind and when I played practise rounds on this course I was very pleased, but I didn’t tell anyone,” she said.
Jang, who turned professional in 2000, has waited almost five years for this victory. From the opening round, where she shot a four under par 68 in driving wind and rain, she dominated the tournament and in the final round today, she made her intentions clear starting with a birdie at the first hole.