Fung hopes to honour late grandmother

Tue 29 Apr 2014

Fung hopes to honour late grandmother

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Singapore, April 29: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung is determined to play above himself and honour his beloved late grandmother when he takes on the best golfers in Asia and Europe at The Championship at Laguna National which starts on Thursday.
The Malaysian played with a heavy heart in Indonesia last week following the passing of his grandmother. He led after the first round but with the emotional burden taking its toll on him, he eventually finished in 21st place.
The Championship is a US$1.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour and it marks the start of a new week for Fung.
“I was very close to my grandmother and her death was a huge blow to me. I went back to Sabah to attend her funeral and I’m feeling more composed now. I know she’s watching me from above and I hope to do well to make her proud this week,” said Fung.
Fung is one of Asia’s young stars to look out for following a spectacular 2013 season where he was crowned the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit champion following one victory and three runner-up finishes.
He also finished tied sixth and runner-up in the Philippines and Indonesia respectively to earn his Asian Tour card after finishing in 36th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season.
The EurAsia Cup star also delivered a performance to remember when he pushed Team Europe’s captain Miguel Angel Jimenez down the wire at the Ryder Cup style event in Malaysia last month.
“Overall I’ve been playing well except for my putting which needs a little bit more work as I’ve been making unnecessary errors.
I feel I stand a good chance at this course as I’ve played here before and I might have a slight advantage as the course is not that long,” said Fung.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, another one of Asia’s young talents to watch out for, is looking for another performance that underlines his rising status on the region’s premier Tour.
Jazz earned his place in the history books as the youngest player to make the cut at an Asian Tour event in Bangkok in 2010 and secured his full playing rights after two impressive back-to-back top-10s in Manila and Indonesia last season.
Playing in his fourth straight event, the 18-year-old is mentally charged and ready to challenge for his maiden win after enjoying a tied fifth finish in Indonesia last week.
“I’ve never played four events in a row before but I’m really excited that I’m coming into the week in the best of form. Physically, I’m tired but mentally I’m not. I’m in the competitive mode now and all I need to do is to pace myself and not get too carried away especially if I’m doing well,” said Jazz.
Meanwhile India’s S.S.P. Chowrasia believes he is back on track of ending his three-year title drought on the Asian Tour.
The 35-year-old showed glimpses of his winning form in Indonesia last week when he battled into contention only to finish in tied fifth.
The two-time Asian Tour winner is determined to put up a worthy performance that he will be proud of.
“I played well in Indonesia last week and I hope to bring that form over. Overall I’m blessed with good form now and I know it’s only a matter of time before I win again. I came close in Indonesia last week and hopefully I can have another shot at the title at The Championship,” said Chowrasia.
“This is a very tricky course especially around the greens and you’ve to putt well here. That will be the key to doing well this week,” said Chowrasia, who last played at The Masters Course in 2007.
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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.
About The European Tour
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 2014 will feature a minimum of 48 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.
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About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs offering two eighteen-hole championship courses. A private Members’ Club, it also hosts corporate events through invitation and reference only, and offers food and beverage options as well as tennis facilities. Laguna National is elevating its game with a multi-million dollar facelift, which includes a full redesign and upgrade of the existing clubhouse. The construction of a branded boutique resort hotel is underway, with target completion at the end of 2015. Upon its launch, Laguna National will boast a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club, and 206-room and villa branded resort hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, and a fitness center.
Over the years, Laguna National has won various local and international accolades. Its two eighteen-hole championship courses, namely World Classic and Masters Courses, have hosted Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. The Masters Course served as home for the European Tour’s Singapore Masters from 2002 through 2007. The Club has since solidified its reputation further by receiving Tiger Woods on its World Classic Course for a private event during his maiden visit to Singapore in November 2011. In November 2012 Laguna National hosted the first ever overseas Korean LPGA Tour event and the inaugural Prudential Causeway Trophy in June 2013. The Prudential Causeway Trophy continues its second edition at Laguna National’s World Classic Course in June 2014.
About The Masters Course
The award-winning Masters Course is best known for hosting world class golfers such as Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. From 2002 through 2007, the Masters Course served as host of the European Tour’s Singapore Masters.
Ranked amongst the top courses in the world by Golf Digest International and Asian Golf Monthly, the Masters Course is characterised by a beautiful parkland landscape as it administers a stern test of golf. The Masters Course is over 7109 yards from the Championship Tees with a par of 72. The course rating is 74.0 and has a slope rating of 144.