PETALING JAYA: A rough start in her first LPGA Tour appearance of the season last week did little to dampen Kelly Tan’s spirit as she aims to impress again in the ANA Inspiration for the second straight year.
The 27-year-old missed the cut at the Kia Classic last week but took away plenty of positives after a very encouraging second round display.
Playing in her first competitive golf in three months, Kelly carded a dismal eight-over 79 before shrugging off her rustiness for a much-improved 71 at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California.
She missed the cut by three strokes.
However, an ambitious Kelly is still convinced she has the game to contend at the ANA Inspiration, the first Major showdown of the year, which begins today at the Mission Hills Country Club - Dinah Shore Tournament Course.
The last time she visited the venue in Rancho Mirage, California last year September, she finished a creditable tied-37th.
“I’m just really happy to be back playing golf again. The confidence hasn’t wavered, just need to execute, ” said Kelly.
“Even last week I was happy with how I was playing, I actually felt great. (Despite the tough start) I never doubted that I could make a strong comeback.”
Kelly will be competing in the ANA Inspiration for the third time and has not missed a cut.
“I like tough golf courses. Always have and just enjoy the challenge, ” said Kelly, who came in tied-50th in her debut.
“I play each week to win. I do like this course and event a lot and I hope this week will bring out my best again.”
Kelly’s best ever outing in a Major event was a joint-13th placing at the Women’s PGA Championships last year - a feat that she will be seeking to surpass this week.