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Date: 11/05/2018

Tiffany Chan Completes Day One of EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open Two Shots Off The Lead

Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching (Hong Kong)
Connie Chen (South Africa)
Hsieh Yu-ling (Chinese Taipei)
Chen Szu-han (Chinese Taipei)
Winnie Ng (Malaysia)

Clean back nine with four birdies puts the LPGA rookie in a tie for seventh going into day two

LPGA rookie Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching put together a strong finish to put herself within two shots of the leaders on day one of the 2018 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.

Taking place on the Old Course of the Hong Kong Golf Club, the 2016 champion started slightly nervously with bogies on the third and seventh but picked herself up with a solid back nine with four birdies to finish on a solid three-under 69.

Connie Chen of South Africa, EFG sponsor invite Malaysian amateur Winnie Ng Yu-xuan, and Chinese Taipei duo Chen Szu-han and Hsieh Yu-ling are atop the leaderboard in a four-way tie with each carding an impressive five-under 67. Defending champion Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan, who was in the same group as Chan, also finished at three-under.

Chan, who is in superb form following a 13-stroke win at a US Women’s Championships qualifier in Hawaii last week, said:

“I started a little nervously this morning. The EFG Ladies Open is a once a year only opportunity, so I really wanted to start well, and ultimately put myself under a bit of pressure. But compared to last year, I feel a lot better, and was over the slow start by the time I finished the front nine, and could perform at the level I wanted to. I am really happy to see so many people supporting me today. I definitely have more fans here compared to the US, so I am always really excited (when playing in Hong Kong). I hope to see more fans come and enjoy the golf this weekend.”

16-year-old Ng, one of the top Malaysian juniors, took full advantage of her first sponsor invite to produce the round of her life that included nine birdies. The Kuala Lumpur native commented:

“I was just hoping for the best and didn’t expect so many birdies today. I prefer to play in these (hot and humid) conditions, because at home in Malaysia, it is almost the same. I knew I was playing well, but I tried not to think about it, but then I had a bit of a slump and I got really nervous. I told myself to calm down, and that I am an amateur so it is about doing the best you can, and not so much about the placing, and I am glad I finished well.

Hsieh resumed where she left off last year when she was a runner-up at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open with a bogey-free round under glorious sunshine to open up her 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old said:

“Overall, I was very steady, without a lot of ups and downs, and I took the birdie opportunities that were presented to me. I am very happy with the dry conditions today, and I think the wet weather the last few days actually helped me because suddenly today, everything seemed that little bit easier. I prepared hard for this tournament as you need a strategy and know what you need to do with each shot to win here.”

Isabella Leung and Michelle Cheung are the next best placed local competitors, with each competing their rounds at one-over 73, in a tie for 37th.

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.