Back-in-form Fung shares lead in Johor

Wed 10 Apr 2013

Back-in-form Fung shares lead in Johor

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia, April 10: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung fired a six-under-par 66 to grab the joint first round lead with Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela in the PGM-Maybank Johor Masters on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old local hope shot seven birdies against a lone bogey on his last hole at the Johor Country Club to put himself in position to win a first title on the Asian Development Tour, which is the feeder circuit to the established Asian Tour.
Newcomer Murillo also enjoyed a strong start as he carded eight birdies against two drop shots to share first day honours with Fung, who had finished runner-up in the previous ADT event in Malaysia.
American James Bowen, who is leading the ADT Order of Merit, and Malaysian veteran Rashid Ismail are tied for third following rounds of 67 while Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Tung-shu and England’s Grant Jackson are a further shot back in the RM200,000 (approximately US$65,000) tournament which is co-sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
Fung, who earned his Asian Tour card from Qualifying School in January, opted to play in the Maybank Johor Masters this week after missing three straight cuts in Malaysia, Thailand and India on the main Tour over the past three weeks.
He was delighted his decision paid off with a solid start in Johor. “I wanted to play in Malaysia to build back some confidence after missing three straight cuts. I hit it good today and made some putts. The irons were working well,” said Fung.
The highlight of his round came at the par four 12th hole when he missed the green and his ball ended on the fringe of the jungle without a sight to the flag. However, Fung amazingly chipped in for birdie although he was disappointed to bogey the demanding 18th hole which would have given him the outright lead.
“I got lucky on 12 as I couldn’t see the pin from where I was. Somehow, I managed to chip the ball into the hole for birdie which was a bonus as I was staring at a bogey,” said Fung. “18 is a very tough hole and I didn’t hit a very good chip and just missed the putt.”
Wolmer, who missed out on his Asian Tour card from Qualifying School, thanked a hot putter for his good round. “I just dropped a lot of birdie putts which was nice. The greens were rolling really good and I took advantage as I hit almost every fairway and green in regulation,” said Wolmer.
Unlike Fung, Wolmer finished strongly with two closing birdies. “The last birdie was good as I had 203 yards into a difficult green but I managed to hit it to about three meters and made the putt. It was a very fast putt,” he said.
Title holder Luke Bleumink of Australia started his defence with a solid 69 which included four birdies.
The top three players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn Asian Tour cards for 2014 while all events receive Official World Golf Ranking points from this season onwards.
Leading first round scores
66: Wolmer MURILLO (VEN), Nicholas FUNG (MAS)
67: James BOWEN (USA), Rashid ISMAIL (MAS)
68: HSIEH Tung-shu (TPE), Grant JACKSON (ENG)
69: Hendre Izak CELLIERS (RSA) 69, Akhmal TARMIZEE (MAS), Darren TAN (AUS), Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA), Luke BLEUMINK (AUS), Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN), Iain STEEL (MAS) Spencer SHISHIDO (USA)
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SCORECOMPETITORROUNDS
Pos.Score-Par+NameNat.AmR1
1=66-6Wolmer MURILLOVEN66
1=66-6Nicholas FUNGMAS66
3=67-5James BOWENUSA67
3=67-5Rashid ISMAILMAS67
5=68-4HSIEH Tung-shuTPE68
5=68-4Grant JACKSONENG68
7=69-3Hendre Izak CELLIERSRSA69
7=69-3Akhmal TARMIZEEMAS69
7=69-3Darren TANAUS69
7=69-3Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORNTHA69
7=69-3Luke BLEUMINKAUS69
7=69-3Mitsuhiko HASHIZUMEJPN69
7=69-3Iain STEELMAS69
7=69-3Spencer SHISHIDOUSA69
15=70-2CHAE Bum-geunKOR70
15=70-2Daniel BRINGOLFAUS70
15=70-2R. NachimuthuMAS70
15=70-2Ryan BULLOCHAUS70
15=70-2Jet MATHAYPHI70
15=70-2Rizal AMINMAS70
21=71-1Ian KEENANENG71
21=71-1PARK Jin-WooKOR71
21=71-1CHOU Hung-nanTPE71
21=71-1Rahizam RAMLIMAS71
21=71-1LEE Cho-chuanTPE71
21=71-1Dinata ABDILLAHMAS71
21=71-1Anis HASSANMAS71
21=71-1Airil Rizman ZAHARIMAS71
21=71-1CHANG Tse-PengTPE71
21=71-1Charles DAVIESWAL71
21=71-1James MCMILLANAUS71
21=71-1Masaru TAKAHASHIJPN71
21=71-1Pasavee LERTVILAITHA71
21=71-1Shaun MALONEENG71
21=71-1Takashi YOKOYAMAJPN71
21=71-1Faiz DAMITBRU71
37=72ParTimothy LOWSIN72
37=72ParKIM Young-jinKOR72
37=72ParBlake MCGRORYAUS72
37=72ParHSIEH Chi-hsienTPE72
37=72ParShaifubari MUDAMAS72
37=72ParWasin SRIPATTRANUSORNTHA72
37=72ParHanafiah JAMILMAS72
37=72ParYuzo ICHIKAWAJPN72
45=731Wilson CHOOMAS73
45=731Timothy TANGHKG73
45=731Ratchapol JANTAVARATHA73
45=731LIM Eng SengMAS73
45=731Daniel NGMAS73
45=731Clarke LUTTONSCO73
45=731P.GunasegaranMAS73
45=731Mohamad Danial MUKTIMAS73
53=742Lion GOH (A)MAS+74
53=742Jordan SHERRATTAUS74
53=742Larry PETRYKCAN74
53=742Man O IMUSA74
53=742Malcolm KOKOCINSKISWE74
53=742Alvin HIEW (A)MAS+74
53=742Kuhanesh GANESAN (A)MAS74
53=742YANG Fei-haoTPE74
53=742M. SasidaranMAS74
53=742Faridil ATRASMAS74
53=742Lindsay RENOLDSCAN74
53=742C.M. ChongMAS74
53=742George GANDRANATAINA74
53=742Miguel OCHOAPHI74
53=742LAM Yu ShuenMAS74
68=753Gavin FLINTAUS75
68=753S. Siva ChandhranMAS75
68=753George THACKERENG75
68=753Chris CAREYAUS75
68=753Daniel OWENENG75
68=753Nicholas PUAMAS75
68=753Paul BRYANTAUS75
68=753Idzwan MARAPPANMAS75
68=753Haziq HAMIZANMAS75
68=753Michael MOOREAUS75
68=753KHOR Kheng HwaiMAS75
68=753Marc KAWASOESIN75
68=753Mohd Iylia JAMILMAS75
68=753Adam NOVAKUSA75
82=764Mohd Rusli JOHARIMAS76
82=764Tepphatud SANAWONGTHA76
82=764Clement RAMEAUXFRA76
82=764HSU Li-pengTPE76
82=764Brandon RAVEAUS76
82=764LEE Shih-hungTPE76
82=764Yuki USAMIJPN76
82=764Matthew MCBAINAUS76
82=764Masato WATANABEJPN76
91=775Nick PUGHENG77
91=775Keegan KAMMAS77
91=775Amli MOHIYADEENMAS77
91=775Derek MCKENZIESCO77
91=775Joe FEATHERENG77
91=775Adam SHAWMAS77
97=786Khairul Nizam RASIPMAS78
97=786ONG Jay VieMAS78
97=786Jeremiah KIMMAS78
97=786Zen DHARMARATNEMAS78
97=786Mohamad Azman BASHARUDINMAS78
97=786Iqbal YUSOFFMAS78
97=786Kalana IBRAHIMMAS78
97=786Solhairy SHARIFMAS78
97=786Muhammad Al-WarithMAS78
97=786Mark VARELAAUS78
97=786Ian ANDREWINA78
108=797Abel TAM (A)MAS+79
108=797Kenneth DE SILVAMAS79
108=797Farid RASHIDMAS79
108=797Sulaiman IBRAHIMMAS79
108=797Kenneth TOBUSEMAS79
108=797Farhan SYARIFMAS79
108=797Abdul Samat ABUMAS79
108=797Matthew TWEDDELLENG79
116=808Jared LIMSIN80
116=808NGUYEN Thai DuongVIE80
116=808Ruhaizad HASHIMMAS80
116=808CHONG Lip-shienNED80
120819Tommy CHINMAS81
121=8210Mohd Sophee YAACOBMAS82
121=8210FAN CHIANG Hao ChuanTPE82
121=8210LEE Hak-yeulKOR82
121=8210Lerd BHAKDIBUMITHA82
125=8311Steven HIEWMAS83
125=8311Fazlan FAROUKMAS+83
1278412KHOR Kheng HoweMAS84
128=8513ANG Chin LingSIN85
128=8513Irfan YUSOFMAS85
128=8513Reza ISKANDAR (A)MAS+85
1318614Muhammad RABBANI (A)MAS+86
1328715ONG Jay MandMAS87

 
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 Nationwide 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 three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. The ADT will also receive Official World Golf Ranking points from 2013.