Fung Blog: I hope to win in Selangor

Tue 16 Sep 2014

Fung Blog: I hope to win in Selangor

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, September 16: Malaysia’s number one Nicholas Fung will spearhead the local challenge at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters this week at a venue which he is very familiar with. The 24-year-old shares his thoughts with asiantour.com in his latest blog.
By Nicholas Fung
I have played at Seri Selangor Golf Club since I was 14 years old from my amateur days. We used to train here every day (with the national amateur team) and I know the course really well. You need a lot of local knowledge here to play well the fairways are tight and greens are firm. What I need to do this week is to keep the ball in play all the time. Even par can be a good score for the day on this course and I recall my best round here being a 66 shot during my amateur days.
When Ben (Leong) won this event six years ago here, I remember he was only in his second year as a pro and he beat Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. It was very good for Malaysian golf and as he is also from Sabah like I am, I practice with Ben regularly. It was really good to see him win the event then. It was an important win for Malaysian golf as it gave us the confidence of winning as well.  I’ve got the confidence of contending for the title this week and hopefully I can be the second Malaysian to win the Selangor Masters.
However, it’s hard to win on the Asian Tour. You need to have four good days of consistent golf. I’ve always had one bad round and I’m trying to have all good four days. I would shoot one or two over. Probably there was too much pressure as my mind would keep thinking “I want to win, I want to win” and I would end up playing bad golf. I’m trying to relax my mind now. If in contention now, I will just go out and try to play like I do in the first round, just aim to get birdies and not think of winning.
I still want to improve and get myself into the top-10 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit (He is currently 36th). My skill set is still the same but I think mentally, I have become better. Playing the EurAsia Cup earlier this year has also helped me.
I have played with a lot of top players and I have learned from them. There is no pressure on them when they play. They just want to have fun on the golf course and aim for birdies.
I’ve not done well recently as I tried some new clubs. This week, I’m using my old set again and I’m doing well with them in the last two practice rounds. I tried the new clubs after The Queen’s Cup, and played in two local events and missed both cuts! I immediately decided to go back to my old clubs and I’m striking it better with them.
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