Sentosa, Singapore, June 19: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung earned his maiden breakthrough at the Queen’s Cup in the most deserving way on Father’s Day. But what are the other five things we learnt about the newly crowned Malaysian champion and others from the Santiburi Samui Country Club?
1Fung’s winning score of 15-under-par 269 matched last year’s winning score by Scott Hend of Australia and was one shot higher than the tournament record held by Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand (2009).
2In eight tournaments prior this season, Fung did not post a top-10, with a tied 22nd at Yeangder Heritage in Taipei being his best. He finished seventh in the Queen’s Cup last year and tied 12th in 2013, having missed the cut in 2015 and 2014.
3India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia will have to wait longer if you wants to dislodge David Lipsky from the top of the Order of Merit. The Indian needed a top-two finish to move atop the money list but carded weekend rounds of 72 and 73 to finish tied 15th on 280, 11 shots behind Fung.
4A final round 70 denied Thaworn Wiratchant his third win at the Queen’s Cup where apart from his three victories, he has also secured four other top-10s including a runner-up finish in 2010 where he shot a second round 63. Thaworn has enjoyed numerous success at the Santiburi Samui Country Club where he has won on four occasions.
5Jazz Janewattananond produced his second-best finish of the year with his runner-up outing. In the last two rounds, he was bogey free and shot a total of 11 birdies, including five in his final round.