Hong Kong: Tiffany Chan makes an emotional return to the Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC) this week when she defends her title in the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.
Last year, to the delight of her hometown fans, the 23-year-old won the tournament as an amateur when she saw off Thai challenger Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off over the Old Course at the Fanling venue, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“I’m very excited to be back for the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open this year,” said Chan, as she reflected on a busy year during which she represented Hong Kong at the Rio Olympic Games and recently finished her senior year at the University of Southern California.
“I’ve been playing golf in the US for quite a long time, so I’m so thrilled to be back to be participating as the defending champion. I gave up my amateur status and turned professional recently. There’s definitely a little pressure (to win) but I will perform my best at this course this weekend.”
Among those looking to spoil Chan’s homecoming and keep her own winning streak going is Liu Yan. On Monday, the 19-year-old Xiamen native won the 36-hole US Women’s Open sectional qualifier for China in Shanghai o book her second appearance at the Major tournament.
“I am still excited from Monday’s win in Shanghai. I am in good form and have more confidence about my game after the US Woman’s Open qualifying tournament. Sure, this week I want to win,” said the rookie pro, who tied for fifth last year in Hong Kong as an amateur.
The third edition of the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open marks the first time that the China LPGA Tour has co-sanctioned the US$150,000 event with the LPGA of Taiwan and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour. The field features 110 players from 17 countries and regions.
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