Though golf doesn’t define Tan, the sport has impacted how she lives her life. It has forced the 26-year-old to adapt on a moment’s notice, a prime example being the reason for our being together. Last-minute flight cancelations are a part of life on the road for an athlete. Once the flight board flashed “canceled,” Tan transformed into a multi-tasking queen, running to the nearest customer service counter while ordering a rental car and running the rest of the logistics in her head. Tan had to get to Portland. She needed to get tested before the LPGA-operated COVID-19 testing center closed at 8:00pm in order to play in the Cambia Portland Classic.
“You need a ride?” Tan asked me, and then she and Dustin said together, “You’re coming with us.”
After the customer service line came the car rental line. Then it was full throttle to Portland. With 22 minutes to spare, Tan completed the COVID nasal swab. Throughout the entire event, she wasn’t nervous. She’d done this many times. “As a golfer, you’re always being put in that position where you have to make a quick decision,” Tan told me. “I think it helps me a lot in life. For example, when I landed in Rio (for the 2016 Olympics) and they told me ‘We don’t know where your clubs are.’ You don’t panic. You breathe and then think, ‘What do I do?’