It's not exactly been a relaxing time for Kelly Tan during her long break from the LPGA Tour back here in Malaysia. The country's top lady golfer has been as busy as the proverbial bee with family and work, mixing time home in Batu Pahat with commitments for existing and new sponsors.

"I got back on the 8th of February and got to spend the first eight days at home. It was really nice to just not play golf and hang out with the family and catch up ... and eat a lot of Chinese New Year leftover cookies!

"So that was fun. Then I had to come up to KL to do some events for my sponsors, whether it's playing golf, conducting clinics or doing photoshoots. It's been busy but it's been a pretty good trip," said Kelly, who was unable to get starts in the LPGA's limited field events in Singapore and Thailand.


Conducting a clinic for Tunas Bestari Golf Academy juniors at Kuala Lumpur GCC (Photo courtesy of Kelly Tan)

Kelly noted that she is eager to get back into action on the LPGA Tour in the JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol, which tees off on March 24-27 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California. A good finish there will earn her a start in the following week's Chevron Championship (formerly the ANA Inspiration), the first Major of the year, at the famed Dinah Shore Course of Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.

"I had a solid start to the season and am feeling very good about my game. I could see from the first event to the second event what had clicked for me ... what I've worked on was showing results, so that was really exciting. I'm looking forward to the next stretch of golf in California. It's going to be a busy couple of months coming up and I'm looking forward to that," she said.

"It would be great to get into the Chevron. I've always loved that golf course and it's my favourite on the LPGA Tour, as the layout seems to suit my eye. Hopefully I have a good week at the JTBC and gain my entrance into the Chevron," added Kelly, who plans to head back to the U.S. towards the end of this coming week.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Tan

Kelly has plied her trade on the LPGA Tour since 2014 and has set numerous benchmarks for Malaysian golf, including best finish in a Major with her T13 performance in the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. She's won once on the LPGA Tour's secondary circuit, the Epson Tour (formerly the Symetra Tour), in the 2019 Florida's Natural Charity Classic.

Her main goal for 2022 is simple ... to become the first Malaysian to win on the LPGA Tour.

"I really feel like my game is trending that way and obviously, if I have more top-20s and more top-10s and keep knocking on the door, I think I have a good chance to win ... that's my biggest goal for the year," said Kelly,