Tiffany bent on breaking through

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 4 Jun 2020

After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself.

Instead, Hong Kong's first US LPGA Tour player is taking the positives from the sport's Covid-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women's golf.

The 26-year-old kept herself fit, physically and mentally, during the break and is happy to be back on the fairways after coronavirus restrictions were eased. "When I came back to Hong Kong [in March] I actually did a lot of good motivational stuff," she said. "I read more, I did home workouts and I spent more time with my parents."

Her first 14 days back in the SAR were spent in isolation and she will have two more weeks in quarantine when she returns to her Las Vegas base later this month, ahead of the Tour's expected resumption in July. But Chan dismisses any notion of hardship.

"With all the difficulties that are going on around the whole world, I should be positive and making good use of this period to make myself a better player," she said.

Unlike some in the lower echelons of the money list, Chan has few financial worries despite having no prize money to play for since her last tournament in February - thanks to her main backers, private bank EFG and the Hong Kong Golf Club.

She said the announcement by LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan that players would keep their status for 2021 had also come as a relief. And unlike some players who might be reluctant to play at this time, Chan said she "100 percent" aimed to be on the tee for the planned season restart at Ohio's Marathon Classic from July 23-26.

Without the pressure of having to keep her card, Chan hopes to play loosely and record a top-10 finish. "I don't have to think about making cuts. So when I'm in such a positive mindset, I just think I could play like the big players, they play fearlessly. My goal is to break through to a top-10 finish."

Then there's also the Tokyo Olympics to look forward to next year. Chan thinks the Games delay could work in her favor.

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