Kelly aims to challenge for podium finish despite dip in form

Kelly Tan is all set for her second straight Olympics appearance in Tokyo

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 women’s golfer Kelly Tan is not letting a poor run of form on the US LPGA Tour this season stop her from being ambitious in the Tokyo Olympics.

The 27-year-old’s second straight Olympics appearance begins today at the Kasumigaseki Country Club and she is looking for more than an improvement on her 51st placing in Rio five years ago.

Kelly intends to challenge for podium against a star-studded line-up that features all the world’s top 10 players including world No. 1 Nelly Korda of the United States and No. 3 Park In-bee, who’s also the defending gold medallist.

“It will be huge to win a medal and if i do, I hope the game of golf changes in Malaysia,” said Kelly.

“We lack support and I hope this will somehow motivate me to win a medal for a better future in the game.”

She has been struggling to replicate the form that helped her to finish a commendable joint-13th at the Women’s PGA Championship which marked the best finish by a Malaysian – men or women – in a Major golf event.

Kelly said all she needed was one good week to make a difference.

“It’s work in progress. Other athletes prepare over four years and they hope to peak here,” said Kelly, who made just four cuts in 11 appearances thus far.

“Golf is different as we are on the road every week. There’s always something I’m working on.

“The game is looking a lot better and I just hope it will work out well for me this week.”

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