Going through tough times


  • Golf
  • Sunday, 27 Jun 2021

Kelly in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club this week. – AFP

WE are halfway through 2021 and it would be safe to say that so far, things are not going according to plan – at least some of them.

The results have not been as good as I would have wanted them to be. But I know I’m so close to making things click and getting some momentum going.

I’m in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (at Atlanta Athletic Club) this week and my coach is here with me. I’m hoping that with a little fine tuning with him, it will give me some confidence going forward.

My body has been working really well. I’m grateful that

I’m not facing any injury worries presently and I’m happy with my physical work.

My trainer (Rich) and I work very hard in the off season to get stronger each year. And during the season when I have a week off, we will connect and put in some work just to make sure every part of my body is feeling strong, and with no fatigue.

Of course, when the season is not going the way you want it to, it be can be stressful and disappointing. But if I’ve learnt anything from the past year it is that you just have to keep moving forward. In golf you just never know what’s coming each week.

The pressure is always there to do well from my own expectations and I’m really trying to put that aside and really enjoy the ups and the downs, and the challenges I face every day.

I will just keep doing what I’m doing. It is this that has got me to where I am today. I will not do more or less. I know it is there, because I believe it is.

Some say maybe just ‘one good result’ could turn the season around and get things back on track. This is so – absolutely. It is all about a good momentum that gives you that good feeling that transforms to confidence.

And I know confidence is the only thing lacking right now. But I’m going to be a little bit better every day and I believe that I will find my way to where I want to be.

The pandemic restrictions have been difficult for everyone, but they have not been any different to what it was like last year in the LPGA Tour bubble – not really.

The good thing is the majority of the Tour are vaccinated and they are starting to allow more fans at each tournament which has been super fun because it has been pretty quiet for a long time.

But the Tour has been monitoring the CDC (US Centre for Diseases Control) guidelines very closely, so we are all very safe.

My family and support team around me have always been there for me and they are still the same now. My results on the golf course do not define me as a person.

They still love me the way I am, for which I’m very blessed. Of course, they want me to do well and they believe it is in me to do it. My support system has not really changed and I’m proud of that.

The roles of my sponsors are the same. Top Glove, Bermaz Auto, Pisteou and Jasa Sarjana are my main sponsors and I know they are behind me and supporting me all the time – whether I have a good week or not, they believe in me. I’m surrounded by great companies and I’m very honored and blessed.

I’m very grateful too for their support to allow me to do what I love, representing my country.

So far as the nationwide lockdown at home (in Malaysia) goes, I know it is very hard right now for everyone. But this is for the better and I hope everybody finds the positives during these tough times and really spend time with your loved ones.

Stay motivated and stay healthy. You can still do a few workouts in limited space in your home.

I have lots of workout videos on my Instagram and you can check it out – @kellytan33

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