Adelaide, February 18: Malaysia’s Kelly Tan carded a battling three-over-par 76 in gusty conditions at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in the third round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Tan currently lies in joint 35th place on even-par, 10 shots off the lead held by American Lizette Salas. Australians Sarah Jane Smith and Sue Oh and Thailand’s Phatlum Pornanong are on minus-8.
With wind gusts of more than 50km/h, only a dozen players managed to break par at Royal Adelaide in the South Australian capital.
Tan, Malaysia’s only LPGA player, had four bogeys and could only manage one birdie in the challenging conditions.
“The course is playing a lot tougher today, the greens have firmed up a little bit and it was really windy and cold,” the 23-year-old said. “I know it wasn’t my best but I have 18 more holes tomorrow. It looks like I might be out a little earlier so hopefully that will help too.”
Tan is playing consistently but has not been able to convert birdie chances, leaving many putts within centimetres of the hole.
“The tough thing about the greens at Royal Adelaide is the breaks are really subtle and when it’s so windy it’s tough to judge the speed and you really don’t want those three-footers coming back,” she said. “But I’ll take those tap in pars and stay patient and hope they drop tomorrow.”
Story by Andrew Spence