Tiffany Chan has had a solid rookie year on the Symetra Tour. Photo: Symetra Tour
Tiffany Chan has had a solid rookie year on the Symetra Tour. Photo: Symetra Tour

Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan hits form with third place in US ahead of finale to Symetra pro golf tour

Olympian will need big finish in last two events to earn LPGA Tour card

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Tiffany Chan has had a solid rookie year on the Symetra Tour. Photo: Symetra Tour
Tiffany Chan has had a solid rookie year on the Symetra Tour. Photo: Symetra Tour

Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching got back among the money after a tough few weeks on golf’s Symetra Tour, finishing tied for third at the Guardian Championship in Prattville, Alabama.

The Rio Olympian got off to a flying start to her professional career with a storming second place in her very first event and making the cut in the first three, but has been up and down since as she adjusts to the demands of the pro game.

But a terrific five-under 67 in her final round in Alabama saw her shoot a 10-under 206 (69, 70, 67) to share third and take US$6,624, her second-biggest cheque after the US$12,311 she won at her first event.

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She had a flawless four-under back nine after carding four birdies, a double bogey and a bogey on her front nine, to finish a shot behind China’s Yu Liu, and one more behind winner Lindsey Weaver from the US.

Tiffany Chan needs two big finishes in the final events to win an LPGA Tour card. Photo / Symetra Tour
Tiffany Chan needs two big finishes in the final events to win an LPGA Tour card. Photo / Symetra Tour

It was a timely boost for Chan, who had missed the cut at four of the seven previous tournaments after the blistering start she made to her rookie season.

She now has earnings of US$27,154 to lie 27th on the money rankings and will need big performances in the two remaining big-money tournaments – the US$150,000 IOA Golf Classic and the flagship US$200,000 Symetra Tour Championship, both in Florida – to win a place on the top-tier LPGA Tour. The top-10 on the money list generally get a card.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Timely boost for Tiffany Chan’s quest