PETALING JAYA: National top women golfer Kelly Tan failed in her bid to start strong in the LPGA season when she missed the cut in the KIA Classic in Carlsbad.
A seven-over 79 in the opening round on Thursday dashed Kelly’s hopes of progressing to the weekend play at the Aviara Golf Club.
She improved with an impressive one-under 71 on Friday but could not salvage a spot.
Kelly, returning to the event for the first time in four years, shared the 96th spot with her two-day total of six-over 150.
It is the start of a hectic four-week campaign with the 27-year-old having signed up for the ANA Inspiration – the first Major of the season next week, the Lotte Championship (April 14-17) and the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open (April 22-25).
Kelly impressed on her first return to the flagship tour in three years when she finished 54th on the Official Money List with season earnings of US$223,397 (RM922,000).
The sum surpassed the US$153,762 (RM635,000) she secured to finish 87th in her previous LPGA campaign in 2016.
Despite competing in just 15 events in the pandemic-shortened season, Kelly finished inside the top 30 on seven occasions and missed just two cuts.
Her most notable achievement was finishing tied-13th at the Women’s PGA Championship, which marked the best-ever Major finish by a Malaysian – man or woman.