Fung aims for upset win over Jimenez

Fri 28 Mar 2014

Fung aims for upset win over Jimenez

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Kuala Lumpur, March 28: Highly rated Nicholas Fung of Malaysia hopes to cause a major upset in the Singles format when he faces an in-form Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain on the final day of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.
Fung and Jimenez will be the first Singles match on Saturday and the young Malaysian will be hoping to inspire his team by claiming a crucial point against the Spaniard at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club Garden course.
“If I can beat Miguel then my teammates will definitely notice it on the scoreboards. I’m sure that result will motivate them. I’ve seen Miguel play and he isn’t a long hitter but his short game is remarkable. He is very experienced but I’ve played here many times,” said Fung.
Fung, who is the Captain’s pick, suffered a second successive defeat alongside his partner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India. They were up against Team Europe’s hotshots Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson in the foursomes format.
Fung and Bhullar were two-up after eight holes but slipped back when the young Malaysian missed a short par putt on nine. McDowell and Donaldson then pounced on another mistake by Fung on 13 before going on to win the match 2 and 1.
“My putting let me and my team down today. I’ll be sleeping with my putter tonight! I missed two short putts on nine and 13. I was clearly upset but Gaganjeet kept motivating me so I hope I don’t let my team down tomorrow. We are trailing by four points but anything can happen,” said the 23-year-old Fung.
Major champion McDowell praised Fung and Bhullar for their spirited performance. “We got lucky in the end and the boys were probably favorites playing 13, 14, 15, middle of the fairway but they made some mistakes and thankfully we played solidly and we were able to capitalize.”
Team Europe’s playing captain Jimenez sent friendly taunt to Team Asia’s captain Thongchai Jaidee after the Singles pairings were announced. The three-time Asian Tour number one will face McDowel in the second Singles match on Saturday.
“I told Thongchai, hey, you don't want to play with me, you are afraid!” laughed Jimenez. “It will be nice playing with Nicholas. All the players are able to make birdies at the end of the day. You need to focus and respect your opponent. That’s the only way you can win a match.”
The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) will act as the local facilitator for the event.
Keep up to date with the EurAsia Cup at www.eurasiacup.com, www.facebook.com/eurasiacupgolf and @EurAsiaCupGolf.
For media enquiries, please contact the Asian Tour’s media team at the EurAsia Cup media centre, +60 3 5569 0860.
About DRB-HICOM Berhad
DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive; Services; and Property, Asset & Construction sectors. With more than 80 active companies in its stable and over 57,000 employees group-wide, DRB-HICOM’s aim is to continue adding value and propelling the nation’s development. In the Automotive sector, DRB-HICOM is involved in the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles, including the national motorcycle. In Services, DRB-HICOM is involved in various businesses, including concession and financial-related services. In Property, Asset & Construction, DRB-HICOM is involved in residential and commercial developments. Visit www.drb-hicom.com
About Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered on 5th August 2010 in Malaysia. As a non-profit organisation, PGM’s objectives are to promote the sport of golf and to contribute towards its enjoyment and growth. To conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and skills of professional golfers, as well as to promote and/or conduct a golf Tour or events as a means to hone their skills and to elevate the standards of the professional golfers in Malaysia. Also, to provide a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to enable them to focus on playing while PGM shoulders the responsibility of arranging and financing these tournaments.
To achieve these objectives, PGM organises a series of golf tournaments on an annual basis. Last year (2013) PGM hosted 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, nine of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour.
The schedule for 2014 features 25 tournaments offering prize money of over RM5 million, twelve of which are again co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour. The expansion of the Tour on an annual basis and the increased prize money is an indicator of its vibrant growth year-on-year.
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About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
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The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.