Kuala Lumpur, June 19: It was perhaps a win that was waiting to happen at the right time.
An omnipresence figure and pillar of strength and support for Nicholas Fung, his father, En Ping has witnessed the highs and lows of his son’s career on the Asian Tour.
It was fitting that Fung would eventually cross the finishing line in style at the Queen’s Cup and celebrate that victory with his father on Father’s Day.
Prior to his breakthrough at the holiday isle of Samui in Thailand, Fung had agonizingly missed out on a grandstand finish, most notably on three occasions in Indonesia (2013), Singapore (2015) and the Philippines (2016).
While he finished 12th on the Order of the Merit for his best career finish last year, it was the big ‘W’ that the Malaysian was silently pining for.
And after 66 starts on the Asian Tour, Fung was duly rewarded when he calmly holed his par putt on the closing 18th hole to win the Queen’s Cup.
“It’s a special gift for my father. He’s taught me a lot since I was young. He brought me to the golf course, taught me how to be a better golfer and how to be a confident person to face the future.
“I just followed his advice and thanks to him, he guided me all the way until today to win this tournament. I’m sure he’s very happy. We did it on the right day (Father’s Day),” said Fung.
Fung’s win has heralded a new beginning as he finally got the monkey off his back and will be chasing more glory with renewed confidence.
“It’s a new life for me now as at last, I’ve achieved a win. This first win means a lot as I’ve been playing on the Asian Tour for four or five years. I’ve always tried to win and finished second a few times,” said Fung.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who finished second behind Fung, tipped his hat to a worthy winner.
Although he was also battling tooth and nail with Fung for his second Tour victory, the 21-year-old conceded the better man won and he was simply second –best.
“I played really good but Nicholas deserves the win. He had four good rounds, I had three good rounds. You can’t compete against that,” said Jazz.
American David Lipsky continues to lead the Order of Merit with his season haul of US$336,507 while India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia trails closely behind in second place with slightly over US$310,000 in earnings.
Fung made one of the biggest moves over the weekend when he jumped 24 spots to 13th place on the money list.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos Player Order of Merit (US$)
1. David LIPSKY (USA) $336,507.00
2. S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) $310,708.77
3. Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) $254,597.16
4. Gavin GREEN (MAS) $248,071.50
5. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) $243,578.02
6. Carlos PIGEM (ESP) $167,950.00
7. Todd SINNOTT (AUS) $151,600.00
8. Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) $148,415.73
9. Anirban LAHIRI (IND) $145,150.00
10. Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) $140,512.42
11. Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) $136,344.95
12. Shiv KAPUR (IND) $134,520.83
13. Nicholas FUNG (MAS) $122,007.14
14. Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) $114,591.43
15. K.T. KIM (KOR) $111,257.06
16. Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) $94,869.54
17. Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) $93,040.52
18. Jbe KRUGER (RSA) $81,255.00
19. Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) $80,460.00
20. Johannes VEERMAN (USA) $77,593.97