Consistency was key as the Hong Kong number one put together a bogey free round to lie three shots adrift of Lee Hsin
Hong Kong number one Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching will tee off at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open tomorrow three shots behind overnight leader, Lee Hsin of Chinese Taipei.
The Hong Kong number one carded a calm and controlled bogey free round that included a back-to-back eagle and birdie on the 9th and 10th to give herself every chance to regain the title she won in 2016. Chen Szu-han makes it a Chinese Taipei one-two at one shot behind Chen.
China’s Li Jia-yun is tied for third with Tiffany, while EFG sponsor invite Winnie Ng Yu-xuan did not let her flawless 67 from yesterday get to her head to put together a steady 72 to share fifth after two rounds with Hsieh Yu-ling of Chinese Taipei and one of the day one leaders, South Africa’s Connie Chen.
Tiffany Chan said:
“It was a little breezy on the front night, which actually felt very nice, so I was able to settle into my rhythm fairly early on. With the experience of yesterday, I knew what I had to do this morning. I had a strategy. However, it got so hot by the time I started the back nine I felt I struggled a little bit to stay concentrated, and as a result let birdie opportunities slip through. My long game is fine, and I think my short game is improving every day, but I still want to practice so get it even better.”
Like Tiffany, 21-year-old Lee enjoyed a clean round that included six birdies to follow up on her three-under par 69 yesterday to lead the field going into round three. She commented:
“I felt very relaxed today as my coach was caddying for me. His support and guidance made the course easier. I felt I played better than I expected, especially I am not usually the most confident person, so this is a breakthrough for me. If I win tomorrow, it will definitely be a huge turning point of my career.”
16-year-old Ng, one of the top Malaysian juniors, continues to impress with a mature display to keep herself in contention to become the second amateur to win the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open after Tiffany Chan. The Kuala Lumpur native added:
“I feel good, I didn’t expect a lot. I wanted to just enjoy my game, but I was a bit nervous and was over thinking a little bit. The conditions right now are so good for me, and I am glad it isn’t like the practice rounds anymore. I am a little sad I failed to make some birdie opportunities today, but I will carry on learning, and improve.”
Local amateurs Isabella Leung and Michelle Cheung have also made the cut to give fans three Hong Kong players to cheer for tomorrow.
With a total prize fund of US$150,000, the fourth edition of the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open will host a top qualify field of 120 players from 16 nations and territories across the globe.