On the attack: Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan looking to finish solid Olympic effort on a high
Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching had another decent round at the women’s Olympic golf tournament but was left rueing some putts that got away as she finished with a two-over-par 73.
Chan, one of only three amateurs to have qualified for the tournament, is in a tie for 45th after a three-day six-over total and aiming to go low on the final day to boost her confidence ahead of a trip to the LPGA Qualifying School next week.
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Chan had a bogey on the second hole but cancelled it out with a birdie on 10. However, a double bogey on 11 saw her finish above par. The 11th has been something of a nemesis for her all week with bogey, triple-bogey, double-bogey her record – six dropped shots.
“I had four good putts that lipped out today, so I could be a little lower,” she said. “Overall I did pretty good again, there was a bit more wind today. I only got one birdie today but I’m looking forward again to tomorrow and see how it goes.
“The way 11 is set up doesn’t suit my eyes because I’m a fade hitter and it’s a dogleg left and the wind was blowing left to right.
“It’s always been my problem and it’s another lesson to learn to deal with holes set up like this, so every day there’s new stuff to learn.”
Chan will go on the attack on the fourth and final day in a bid to finish as high up the leaderboard as possible. She has been solid all week, apart from a costly blip or two in every round.
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“I always like to finish lower no matter how you play first three days, the last day you let it all out, no matter if you’re winning the medal or finishing last,” she added. “I’m always focused on finishing better finishing strong.
“Usually I don’t get that many doubles or triple [bogeys] because my long game is pretty competent. But I’m not really used to or confident playing on firmer golf courses like this, you need better judgement on how far the balls going to roll.
“In LA [where she studies] you don’t get many chances to play courses like this. That’s something else I need to learn, travel more and play more golf courses like this.”
Meanwhile, South Korea’s seven-time major winner Park Inbee remained top of the standings, but only just, after a one-under 70 took her to -11.
Teenage phenomenon Lydia Ko was closing in, her 65 taking her to -9, with Gerina Piller of the USA (68) on the same mark.
China’s Feng Shanshan was one shot further back, also shooting 68.