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Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching

Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan blazes final round 63 to earn second place on stunning US debut

Olympian misses out on win at Symetra Tour’s Decatur-Forsyth Classic by one shot as Chorphaka Jaengkit from Thailand prevails in Illinois

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 9:56am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 10:05am

Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching announced her arrival in the US by shooting a stunning nine-under-par 63 final round to finish second by one shot at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on her Symetra Tour debut.

Having started the third round at Hickory Point Golf Course eight shots off the pace, 23-year-old Chan soared to the top of the early afternoon leaderboard with the lowest round on the Symetra Tour this year even before the leaders had started their final rounds.

But after opening with rounds of 70 and 72 to start the final day at two-under-par overall, Chan was denied a maiden win in just her second professional event as overnight leader Chorphaka Jaengkit from Thailand holed two key late birdies to hold on for a slender win.

“It really felt like a college round for me with them,” Chan, who was paired with American rookie and former University of California teammate Victoria Morgan, told the Symetra Tour website. “We both started off three-under through six or seven so had this little match play going on.

“Yesterday I could not make a putt, I hit 16 greens. I was practicing with Vic yesterday and she told me that I was so close and it all came together today.”

Watch: Tiffany Chan’s final round highlights

Having walked away with a cheque for US$2,580 a week earlier at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open on her professional debut, Chan’s reward of US$12,311 lifted the former amateur up to 29th on the Symetra Tour order of merit.

A top-10 finish on the money list will earn Chan a coveted spot on next year’s LPGA Tour, with around US$50,000 – US$70,000 having been enough to reach that spot in recent Symetra Tour seasons.