Kelly remains positive despite recent dip in form

PETALING JAYA: Kelly Tan (pic) remains in high spirits ahead of the Olympics despite having struggled to impress of late.

The 27-year-old and Malaysia’s No. 1 women golfer missed her fourth cut in as many US LPGA Tour starts at the Marathon Classic in Ohio last week, and worse still her cards of 80 and 76 mark her poorest 36-hole scores of the season of 14-over.

It is certainly disappointing as the Marathon Classic is one of Kelly’s favourite having finished a career-best joint-fourth in 2014 and tied-ninth last year.

But she is not losing sleep over her poor outing.

“That’s golf... one day it works nicely and the next it turns out otherwise, ” said Kelly, who is scheduled to compete in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan tomorrow.

“But what’s positive is that I still love and have the passion for the game. I still try to push myself and get better everyday.

“As long as I still have the urge to do that, I’ll do just fine.”

In fact, Kelly has not been able to replicate the decent form she displayed last year.

Of the 11 tournaments, she could only make the cut four times, a stark contrast to the previous season where she missed just one with the same number of starts.

She did not just make it to the weekend rounds, she made five top-25 finishes including a career-best 13th at the Women’s PGA Championship.

Kelly managed just one this time, a tied-22nd at the Lotte Championship in April.

The Invitational will be Kelly’s last action before she takes a week off to fine-tune her game before jetting off to Tokyo on July 25 for her second Olympics appearance.

The women’s competition will be held from July 29-Aug 1.

“I’ll finally have a week off after seven tournaments in a row. Honestly, that one week will be crucial as I have plenty to get ready for the Olympics, ” added Kelly, who finished 51st in her debut in Rio 2016.

“The Olympics might just be exactly what I need (to turn things around). I am due for something great. And I believe I deserve it.”

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