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Kelly Tan chalks up best finish of LPGA career with second place performance partnering Matilda Castren in Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Malaysia's Kelly Tan registered the best finish of her LPGA career with a second place performance in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, teaming up with Finland's Matilda Castren for a 21-under-par total in the two-person team event at Midland Country Club in Michigan.
Tan and Castren combined for an eight-under-par 62 in the final round best-ball to finish five shots behind winners Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas of the United States.
Just two-under-par for the day at the turn, the Malaysian-Finnish pair birdied six holes on the back nine to edge veterans Maria Fassi of Mexico and Stacy Lewis of the USA for runner-up honours by one shot.
Tan and Castren becmae close friends when they were playing on the Epson Tour in 2018, forming a bond due to the similar struggles they had endured on tour in that period of their careers. They are now best friends and Castren will be Tan's maid-of-honour when the Malaysian number one ties the knot with fiance Dustin Lattery this December,
“If you were to wind back the clock and tell us, ‘You guys are going to be playing this tournament and you're going to finish second,’ I think it would be really hard for both of us to believe because we were really just at the lowest point of our careers,” said Tan.
“It feels really good that we got out of that hole and were able to compete at such high level and finish second this week, proving to us that we could do it.
"The fact that we went through adversity and now that we have a good finish, you can taste the bittersweet feeling. I'm super glad. There's nobody else I would choose to share that with but her, my best friend and my maid of honor,” added the 28-year-old.
Tan’s previous best finish on the LPGA Tour was T4 at the 2014 Marathon Classic (now the Dana Open), while 27-year-old Castren won her first LPGA Tour title last year at the LPGA Mediheal Championship.
Tan noted that she has been playing really well recently. "It’s really nice to see that this week it was all together.
"I still want to chase my first win, so that remains my priority this year," stressed the Batu Pahat-born golfer.