Two tournaments. That is all the time that Xiyu ‘Janet’ Lin is staying to qualify for the Chinese Olympic team and join 2016 bronze medalist Shanshan Feng, who represents her homeland in Japan.
“It’s a really great honor because the Olympics are held every four years,” said Lin. “Imagine a player in his career: what are the most (number of) Olympic Games he can play? I would say maybe four at most. Each of them is really important. I feel like I was a little young in 2016 so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. “
Lin is currently number 72 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, just two places behind compatriot Yu Liu. A nation could send up to four players if everyone is in the top 15 of the ranking, otherwise there are a maximum of two competitors in the 60-player field.
Liu is out of the field at the Meijer LPGA Classic this week but will return at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Georgia. It’s an opportunity for Lin to fill the void with a strong performance at Blythefield Country Club.
“We’ve always had a similar relationship, we’ve never really changed,” said Lin, who has three top 20 results from six Meijer LPGA Classic starts. “We were even together in the third round of the US Women’s Open and we talked about it. We’re always friends first. There aren’t many Chinese players on the tour so I will always support them no matter what. At the same time, we are competitors.
“Everyone is pursuing the same goals. Unfortunately, only two people make it. I’ll do my best and she’ll do her best then we’ll see how it comes out. It’s only a small part of our life. We are also still good friends. “