Fung eyes 'putting' refresh at CIMB Classic

Fri 31 Oct 2014

Fung eyes 'putting' refresh at CIMB Classic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 31: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung will return to ‘basics’ following a disappointing two-over-par 74 in the second round of the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Friday.
The bespectacled Fung struggled with a cold putter for the second consecutive day as he lingered in tied 61st position in the 78-man field which has no cut at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
He now plans to revert back to some basic putting technique in his hope of turning his fortune around.
“Just go back to how a beginner is putting. I want to return to when I started learning to putt, just do the basics. I went for a few putting lessons recently, hoping that it would help me but it has not. I need to go back to basics,” he said.
With a two-day total of three-over-par 147, Fung, who qualified for the CIMB Classic by being the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking, needs to rally his spirits following two disappointing days in the event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.
“I’m going to relax. I don’t want to do any more putting. Just go back and relax. Sometimes if you do more practice, it really confuses you so I just want to go back, take a rest, sleep and forget about everything,” said Fung, who marked his card with three bogeys and one birdie.
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
However, the 23-year-old can still take solace that he is still striking the ball consistently. “I was hitting it so good today but my putting is so bad. On some of the holes I misread the greens. I need to improve on my putting like the PGA TOUR players. This is my weakness.”
Struggling to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained last year, Danny Chia said his score of 74 did not reflect the way he played.
“Actually I was quite pleased on the back nine, even though the score doesn't show.  But I was starting to feel more comfortable with my swing.  The putts did not drop, but at least I feel good for the next two days,” said Chia, who is ranked 69 after the halfway stage.
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