Adelaide, February 19: Malaysia’s Kelly Tan closed with a one-under-par 72 for a joint 24th finish in blustery conditions at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
The 23-year-old finished with a one-under-par 291 total at the par-73 Royal Adelaide course, nine shots behind winner Ha Na Jang of Korea.
Tan had to overcome challenging conditions with the winds gusting at more than 45km/h before recording her best LPGA result since finishing in a tie for 16th at the Coates Golf Championship almost 12 months ago.
“It was playing so tough out there and -1 for the day I would have definitely taken it if you asked me before the round started,” said Tan, who reached four-under-par at one stage. “I’m still very pleased with my week, I played pretty nicely, it obviously could have been better but I can’t complain.
“I started holing some putts today, one of the birdies was a tap in but three others were a 15-footer and two of more than 30 feet so it’s nice to see those putts finally drop – I had a lot of lip outs on the first three days.”
Tan will head home to Malaysia for 10 days before making her way to the United States, starting with the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona from March 16-19.
“Things are definitely heading in the right direction, it’s just nice to see I’m playing better and better,” said Tan, who finished three shots ahead of World No 1 Lydia Ko.
Jang started the day four shots off the pace but rolled in an eagle and three birdies in her final six holes to finish on 10-under-par, winning by three shots from Denmark’s Nanna Madsen. Four players tied for third on minus-six including World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn and defending champion Haru Nomura from Japan. Overnight leader Lizette Salas shot a 5-over 78 to finish in a tie for seventh.
Story by Andrew Spence