Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching

Battling Tiffany Chan digs deep to claim 13th-place finish to continue impressive US debut

Hong Kong professional recovers from slow start at rain-shortened US$150,000 Island Resort Championship event on the Symetra Tour in Michigan

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 10:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 10:16am

Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching battled back to claim 13th place at the rain-shortened US$150,000 Island Resort Championship as the Hong Kong Olympian’s impressive start to life on the US Symetra Tour and pursuit of an LPGA Tour card continued.

Chan returned to Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan on Sunday morning to resume her second round, and having played the opening six holes in three-over par before rain halted proceedings the night before, the 23-year-old responded by carding five birdies over the remaining holes to salvage a one-under 71.

A final hole bogey cost Chan a tie for fifth place at three-under-par overall, but in just her third event as a professional and second outing on the second-tier tour, it is another impressive showing from the Tuen Mun-native having claimed a runner-up finish on her debut a week earlier.

The cheque for US$2,377 leaves Chan 28th on the Symetra Tour order of merit with earnings of US$14,688 from just two events, with Chan needing a top-10 finish to qualify for next year’s LPGA Tour.

China’s Liu Yu holds that final qualifying spot after earning US$27,571 from 11 events, with Chan trailing by US$12,883 with 11 events remaining this season.

American Emma Talley claimed the win at nine-under-par after finishing three shots clear of Thailand’s Benyapa Niphatsophin and China’s Liu Ruixin, with the final round abandoned due to bad weather.

Chan continues her Symetra Tour season at the US$100,000 Tullymore Classic in Canadian Lakes, Michigan, this week.