Malaysian Kelly Tan produced her best ever finish on her LPGA Tour debut by finishing joint fourth at the Marathon Classic in Ohio on Sunday. - AFP
PETALING JAYA: Kelly Tan made Malaysia proud with a career-best finish on the US LPGA Tour after finishing joint fourth in the Marathon Classic in Ohio, the United States.
Kelly, in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, carded rounds of 68, 70, 68 and 67 to finish on 11-under 273 alongside Australian Catherine Kirk and South African Lee-Anne Pace at the Highland Meadows Golf Club on Sunday. She picked up her biggest pay cheque of US$59,015 (RM187,169).
Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand emerged champion with a 269 total after shooting a final round 65.
Kelly made a superb final-round charge with three straight birdies on the back nine and would have secured third spot if she had not bogeyed the 18th hole.
The Batu Pahat-born Kelly, who qualified for the prestigious Tour on her first attempt last year, rued her bogey on the 18th.
“It’s disappointing, but I played great all week,” said Kelly.
“I’ve been striking the ball well ever since the start of the season. I’m also starting to putt better, giving myself a lot of chances.
“I just need to be patient. As a rookie on Tour, it’s always hard.
“You always feel like you’re a little behind because everybody else has played the golf course.
“But with this finish, I think I’m going to be pretty happy going into the next few event,” added Kelly, who has made the cut in six of the 12 events she competed in to date.