Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching has powered her way into the last 16 at the 2022 Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play, defeating American Amy Olson to remain unbeaten in the event. Friday’s match at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas was a thriller. Chan was three up after three holes before Olson clawed back two strokes by the turn. Things were all square heading into the last two, before Chan duly delivered by taking the 17th and 18th for the win. Chan was proud of her ability to stay on an even keel as Olson challenged, an edge she attributed to local knowledge of the windy conditions at Shadow Creek. “I don’t make unnecessary mistakes like trying to be too aggressive in the wind. That’s the biggest lesson I learned today compared to the last couple days. I think being able to know when to lay up and when to go for it will be my key tomorrow,” Chan said. The 28-year-old Hongkonger now moves into the weekend’s knockout stages, having entered the tournament on a sponsors’ invite, and ranked 63rd out of the 64 players gathered. “It was a good day in general other than the last couple holes. I made a couple bogeys, but I think it was pretty tough out there,” she said. “It’s a small field and sometimes you just need that one chance to really try to play your best.” The Hong Kong golfer has lived in Las Vegas for the past two years, just 30 minutes from the course, and said local advantage had been her edge throughout the competition. “I’m also familiar with the heat,” she said. “You just gotta know how to hydrate yourself, how to rest. The last couple days after the round I just tried to go home and relax, and if I needed to practice, I came out a little early the next day instead of grinding in the heat.” Chan has now comfortably worked her way past second-seeded Thai Atthaya Thitikul in her first game and American Alison Lee to book a round-of-16 tilt against England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Playing Shadow Creek for the first time, Shadoff topped Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura 3&2 to book her spot in the final 16. “I’m grateful to be out here, and at the end of the day, it’s just golf,” Chan added. “It’s just a game. I’ve been playing well – I think I came off a really good finish in the LA Open last year, and after that just kind of going up and down.” Germany’s Caroline Masson beat top seed Minjee Lee to cap a perfect 3-0 round-robin stage, and eliminate the Australian. Masson is now set to face Andrea Lee on Saturday. Others to advance to the knockout stages include Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, South African Paula Reto, American Lilia Vu and South Korean Choi Hye-jin.