Tan confident for ISPS Handa Australian Open

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Adelaide, February 15: Malaysia’s Kelly Tan is in a confident mood for tomorrow’s ISPS Handa Australian Open in Adelaide after spending time with her coach Ian Triggs.

After finishing in a tie for 47th at last month’s season-opening LPGA event in the Bahamas, Tan has Triggs by her side this week at Royal Adelaide in the South Australian capital.

The 23-year-old said she hoped the increased focus on her game would pay dividends.

“I’ve been feeling great. I have my coach here with me this week and we’ve just been working on the basic stuff and it’s looking good,” she said.

“Every year is getting better and I look forward to 2017 to see what it has got in store for me. I’m working with my coach and we’re heading in the right direction so we’re very excited for this year.”

Tan on the practice green with coach Triggs / Photo by Andrew Spence

Tan finished 87th on the LPGA money list in 2016, her third season on the world’s premier tour. She finished in a tie for 28th at the Australian Open last year at The Grange, also in Adelaide, and said the often windswept links of Royal Adelaide would suit her game.

“I love the golf course so I’m looking forward to playing the week,” Tan said. “You have to be very accurate with your drives and that’s the strength of my game so hopefully I can make something happen.

“I always love coming to Australia to play because every time you come here you can’t fault the golf courses. I love the bunkers and it’s just different to the US.”

The field for the event also includes the world’s top two ranked players Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn along with defending champion Haru Nomura, Michelle Wie and exciting Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson.

The Aussies will also have a strong representation led by Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee and Sue Oh in what is being billed as one of the strongest women’s fields ever assembled Down Under.

Tan, 23, will play in the first group at Royal Adelaide tomorrow morning alongside America’s Katherine Perry and Australian Emma de Groot.

Story by Andrew Spence

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