Malaysians On Tour: Birthday girl Kelly Tan settles for T60 at LPGA Drive On Championship, Danny Chia misses 36-hole cut in Japan with bad back

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Malaysian ladies No 1 Kelly Tan finished joint 60th in the LPGA Drive On Championship after closing with a 75 yesterday.

Tan, who celebrates her 27th birthday today, carded a total score of two-over-par 290 (70, 71, 74, 75) at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. The tournament was won by Ally McDonald of the United States, who claimed her first LPGA title with a 16-under-par total, edging compatriot Danielle Kang by one shot.

The LPGA Tour will take a three-week break and resume with the Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging on November 19-22.

Meanwhile, veteran campaigner Danny Chia had a disappointing outing in last week’s Delight Works Challenge on the the AbemaTV Tour, the Japan Golf Tour’s secondary circuit. Playing with a sore back, Chia carded rounds of 71 and 73 to miss the 36-hole cut at Toride Kokusai Golf Club in Tsukubamirai City, Ibaraki province in what was the final event of the abbreviated 2020 season.

Chia will next tee it up in the first stage of the Japan Golf Tour’s qualifying tournament at Itsuura Teien Country Club in Fukushima on November 17-20.

On the European Tour, Malaysian men’s No 1 Gavin Green returns to action this week with back-to-back events in Cyprus, the  Cyprus Open (Oct 29-Nov 1) and Cyprus Showdown (Nov 5-8), both played at the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Pophos. Green pulled out of the Scottish Championship two weeks ago due to a niggling left wrist injury and skipped last week’s Italian Championship.

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