Adelaide, February 16: Kelly Tan fired a two-under-par opening round at the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Royal Adelaide in South Australia.
Playing in the first group of the day, Tan took advantage of the 7am tee-off to make four birdies and two bogeys on her way to the 71 total. Accuracy in the calm conditions was a feature of the 23-year-old’s play with Tan only missing one fairway and one green, the 18th, which she bogeyed.
Tan, who has her Australian coach Ian Triggs with her in Adelaide this week, said she was hitting the ball well but could have holed a few more putts.
“I left a lot out there, it could have been one of those 7-under rounds. I missed so many chances and I missed one green and one fairway but knowing that I actually left a lot out there is pretty positive,” she said.
“I will take under-par on the golf course every time. I’m playing really nicely so I’m very excited for the rest of the week.”
The wind at Royal Adelaide can be a big factor but this morning’s breeze of less than 10km/h was a definite advantage for early players.
“I think this golf course will play a lot different when the wind comes up – it will get harder and as it dries out the greens will become a lot harder and faster,” Tan said.
“I got a good tee time and I’m off early again tomorrow so you can’t ask for anything better so I’m excited to go back out again.”
By Andrew Spence