Resident LPGA comedian Tiffany Joh returns from melanoma diagnosis

Resident LPGA comedian Tiffany Joh returns from melanoma diagnosis

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Resident LPGA comedian Tiffany Joh returns from melanoma diagnosis

PHOENIX – Tiffany Joh makes her 2017 debut this week in the desert, and she’s covered from head to toe. Joh, 30, was diagnosed with melanoma in early January. Doctors removed the cancerous area from her scalp and later declared her cancer-free after undergoing a lymph-node test.

She teed off a 6:50 a.m. for a practice round at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club to try to avoid the 90-degree temperatures. Joh’s new standard work uniform includes long sleeves, pants and a wide-brimmed hat.

“They say after five years you can relax it a little bit,” said Joh, “but we’re still in the sun a lot of time.”

Finding a bucket hat that works wasn’t as easy she imagined. 

“I just thought I’d raid my mom’s closet,” she joked.

The hat has to be tight enough to stay on in the wind, but not so tight that it gives her a headache. Then there’s the pesky strap. She has seven or eight hats in the current rotation.

Joh first reunited with players at Betsy King’s charity pro-am on Monday.

“I definitely met my hug quota,” said Joh, who was pleased to hear that several peers got cancer screenings done while competing in Australia. 

A friend back home in San Diego asked Joh what it was like sitting out while the rest of the tour competed. She answered as only Joh can:

I’d imagine it’s like a bunch of your best friends taking your boyfriend out on a date, and you’re across the street watching them with binoculars, hoping they have a good time, but not like so good that they forget about you. You want them to laugh, but not laugh as hard as they do when you’re there.

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