‘I was a little nervous but I didn’t realise’: Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan makes the cut in promising LPGA Tour debut
The 24-year-old fights brutal winds to finish six over for the week at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
It wasn’t quite the top-20 finish she bullishly targeted prior to the tournament but Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching showed she belongs at the top level with a promising showing at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
In a tournament that was hampered by vicious winds, Chan made the cut before carding 75 in her third and final round to shoot six-over for the week and finish in a tie for 66th. She was 18 shots behind winner America’s Brittany Lincicome.
She had to play 29 holes on the final day on Sunday and was quick to reflect on what she needs to work on in the lead-up to the Australian Open in two-and-a-half weeks.
“I learned a lot from playing in the wind and as a professional player I have to adjust to the weather. It was a least two or three more clubs into the wind,” Chan said.
“I think I was a little quick this week, it was my first event and maybe I was a little nervous but I didn’t realise.
“I’m glad that I made the cut on my professional debut. I’m looking forward to my second tournament, I think that one will be much better.”
After an opening round four-over-par 77 on Thursday, Chan didn’t start her second round until Saturday after the majority of Friday was lost due to the wind.
Even then she only made it through seven holes, completing her second round – her best of the week at even-par 73 – on Sunday morning.
Her final round featured three bogeys and a birdie, with the 24-year-old highlighting her short game as an area that needs work.
“I had to play 11 holes at 7am this morning then I had only a 45-minute rest before my final round,” she said.
“I need to improve my short game, which a lot of other players did better than me and I think was my weakness for this week.
“I’m still adjusting to how I should play this tour and I’m just starting so I’m not worried about my future.”
Lincicome took out the season opener, shooting a seven-under 66 on Sunday to finish at 12-under for the tournament.
She was two shots clear of Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling, with China star Feng Shanshan – the world number one – a further shot back in a tie for third with South Korea’s Amy Yang.