Hong Kong golfer prepares for LPGA Tour return

Hong Kong golfer Tiffany Chan. © LPGA
Hong Kong golfer Tiffany Chan. © LPGA

Hong Kong, China, June 5, 2020: After representing Hong Kong, China at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, professional golfer Tiffany Chan has her sights fixed firmly on Tokyo 2020.

Tiffany, 26, finished 37th in Rio as an amateur but is hoping for a much higher finish next year now that she has adjusted to life on the LPGA Tour in the United States.

Her rookie year was 2018 and since then she has accumulated over 180,000 USD in career earnings.

Furthermore, she feels that the one-year delay of the Tokyo Olympics to July 2021 could work in her favour.

“Well, I was really excited by playing at the Olympics this year,” she said in an interview with AFP at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

“But I’ve really enjoyed this time off to work on my game. Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully I could have a chance to win a medal.”

Chan, who returned to Hong Kong from the States in March, kept herself fit physically and mentally during COVID-19 lockdown and is happy to be back on the fairways since coronavirus restrictions were eased last month.

“When I came back to Hong Kong I actually did a lot of good motivational stuff,” she added. “I read more, I did home workouts and I spent more time with my parents.”

Her first 14 days back in her home city were spent in isolation and she will have two more weeks in quarantine when she returns to Las Vegas later this month ahead of the LPGA Tour’s expected resumption in Ohio on July 23.

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.

“My goal is to break through to a top-10 finish. Having this period of time, I think my golf game grows day by day.”