PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 women’s golfer Kelly Tan (pic) is still struggling to find her footing after two tournaments of the LPGA Tour’s new season.
But the 27-year-old can certainly take heart from the outcome of the US$3.1mil (RM12.84mil) ANA Inspiration that ended on Sunday, where she made her third successive cut in the Major event after tying for 63rd place in the 120-woman contest.
Kelly closed with a solid one-under 71 to finish on three-over 291 with three others including 2009 US Women’s Open champion Ji Eun-hee of South Korea at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
She took home US$7,167 (RM29,700) for her first paycheque of the season.
Kelly advanced to the weekend after shooting a pair of 71 and 73, but a dismal 76 in the penultimate round swiftly put paid to her hopes to improve on last year’s joint-37th placing.
Kelly also played all four rounds in her debut five years ago and finished tied-50th.
The Batu Pahat-born, who had missed the cut in the Kia Classic the previous week, has a one-week break to regroup before competing in the Lotte Championship from April 14-17 in Hawaii and Hugel-Air Premia LA Open in California from April 22-25.