Tour experience to help Tiffany on her return to Olympic stage

Sports | Staff reporters 22 Jul 2021

The Olympics are as unpredictable as a golf round, says Hong Kong star Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching.

Saying she can't predict if the Olympics would be called off last minute because of the pandemic, Chan prefers to focus on what she can control, fine-tuning her game to prepare herself for the challenge at Kasumigaseki Country Club course.

As the first Hongkonger to tee it up in the Olympics five years ago, Chan finished 37th in Rio de Janeiro.

The 27-year-old hopes to do better this time, adding she has spent time with a sports psychologist and fitness coach over the past six months to prepare for Tokyo.

Having four years of experience on the LPGA Tour also helps a lot, she added.

In an up-and-down season on tour, Chan finished tied for eighth place in the Los Angeles Open in April this year - her career best.

She said the success in LA has boosted her confidence, but that she wants to treat the Olympics as a regular competition.

"I hope to make history in the Tokyo Games, get good results and perhaps get a medal," Chan said.

"Japanese courses are all quite similar, all mountain courses with very tall trees. The fairways are quite narrow," she added.

"I think that the coming two weeks of training will mainly focus on the techniques for playing on these types of courses."

Chan plans to arrive in Japan on July 30 and watch the final round of the men's competition on August 1 to familiarize herself with the course.

She will have her first practice round on the course the following day.

The women's golf tournament starts on August 4.

Chan will head to Scotland for tournaments after the Olympics.



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