ADT: Fung romps to 11-stroke victory at the PGM Johor Championship

Sat 11 Apr 2015

ADT: Fung romps to 11-stroke victory at the PGM Johor Championship

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia, April 11: Overnight leader Nicholas Fung of Malaysia claimed his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) win after romping to a commanding 11-stroke victory at the PGM Johor Championship on Saturday.
Fung, the 2013 ADT Order of Merit winner, nailed nine birdies against a lone bogey to match his third round efforts of an eight-under-par 64 at the Johor Golf and Country Club.
His winning total of 27-under-par 261, which is his personal best, would have been the record lowest 72-hole score on the ADT if not for the preferred lies in play.
Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and R. Nachimuthu, also of Malaysia, shared second place following identical 71s while newcomer Sean Riordan of New Zealand, who registered a 69, settled for fourth on 276 in the RM200,000 (approximately US$55,400) ADT event.
Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei carded a 69 to share eighth place on 280 total with three other players.
The final round of the PGM Johor Championship was suspended at 12.46pm local time due to lightning threats before resuming close to three hours later. The delay, however, did not dampen the spirits of Fung, who eventually became the third Malaysian to win on the ADT this season.
“I feel unstoppable out there. The birdies just kept coming.
“I didn’t expect this. I thought I would be under pressure playing with Lam and Nachimuthu but I reminded myself to just play my own game and not think too much. I enjoyed myself out there and I’m happy with the results,” said Fung, whose overnight four-shot lead was hardly threatened.
“This win would be a good preparation for me when I return to play on the Asian Tour in two weeks’ time. The world ranking points I received will also be a great boost as it puts me in a better position to try and qualify for the Olympics next year,” added the 24-year-old Malaysian.
Fung will take home the winner’s prize purse of US$9,560 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his win.
Despite failing to launch a charge, Lam is happy with his progress as he capped his third consecutive top-five finish on the burgeoning Tour this season.
“I have been doing well and I am happy with how I have progressed so far. Fung played really well this week. I believe my win will come soon if I remain consistent in my game,” said the 38-year-old Singaporean, who marked his card with four birdies against three bogeys.
The ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning Official World Golf Ranking points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
(PHOTO COURTESY OF AREP KULAL/PGM TOUR)
Leading fourth round scores
261 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-67-64-64
272 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 64-68-69-71, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-65-69-71
276 – Sean RIORDAN (NZL) 70-66-71-69
277 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 71-69-68-69, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-68-64-75
278 – Wilson CHOO (MAS) 69-70-71-68
279 – Tyler EKENBERG (USA) 70-71-69-69
280 – Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 71-70-73-66, HSIEH Chi-hsien (TPE) 66-75-70-69, KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 71-69-69-71, Gyeongjun LEE (KOR) 71-69-67-73
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.