Kelly blown off course, needs strong finish


  • Golf
  • Monday, 26 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: Kelly Tan (pic) finished the third round of the LPGA Drive On Championship at Reynold Lake Oconee in Georgia on a sluggish note.

A double-bogey proved costly as the 26-year-old had her momentum disrupted on Saturday.

She mixed her score card with two more bogeys against two birdies to eventually settle for a two-over 74 for a share of 44th spot.

Kelly carded two-under 70 and one-under 71 in the first two rounds.

Ally McDonald of the United States has a one-stroke lead over Filipino Bianca Pagdanganan after a three-under 69 for a total of 13-under 203.

A top 25 finish is possible for Kelly if she makes a strong push in the final round.

Kelly reached a career-best spot after finishing 13th at the Women’s PGA Championship last week.

It was not all rosy for Kelly at the start though.

She was at her career’s lowest ebb when she lost her sponsor and LPGA Tour status back in 2017 but she treated it as another bump in the road.

The 26-year-old Kelly recovered to make it through Qualifying School and was back in the top league of women’s golf again.

“Never have I felt that way before. It was as if I could not move forward. Nothing I was doing felt right.

“Sure enough, I lost my confidence on and off the course. I never really understood why or what I was doing wrong, ” said Kelly.

“People told me that life is full of ups and downs. There will always be obstacles and I have to be strong enough to get through them.

“There is a quote that resonates strongly with me. ‘If you are absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success’, ” she wrote in an essay for LPGA.com recently.

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