Fung ready to impress on home turf

Mon 14 Apr 2014

Fung ready to impress on home turf

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Kuala Lumpur, April 14: Nicholas Fung will hold on to the valuable advice from Thai star Thongchai Jaidee when he attempts to become the first Malaysian to win the US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open which starts on Thursday.
Fung was part of Team Asia who shared the trophy with Team Europe after fighting back from an opening round 0-5 defeat in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia three weeks ago.
The young Malaysian was paired against an in-form Miguel Angel Jimenez in the final round Singles match and was only defeated on the last hole when the Spaniard holed a difficult birdie putt.
Fung’s battling performance earned him praises from his teammates and Team Asia’s playing captain Thongchai, who is a two-time Maybank Malaysian Open winner and a three-time Asian Tour number one.
“Thongchai said that I played great and it didn’t matter if I lost because my opponent is such a strong player. He said that I’m playing very well and the defeat to Miguel should not bring my morale down in my next tournament. I will definitely hold on to those words for this week,” said the 23-year-old Fung.
Fung showed he can hold his own against the Spanish veteran, who finished fourth at the Masters tournament and will be hoping to display similar fighting qualities when his National Open gets underway.
“It was great to play with Miguel. He is a top star and I’m the underdog so I tried to do my best to beat him. I’m very happy I lasted until the last hole and was only beaten by a birdie. That was a very good effort. After playing with him, I learnt how to be more patient. Hopefully I put that into good use this week,” said Fung.
Fung will be among 22 Malaysians in the elite field this week which will be headline by former Maybank Malaysian Open champions Lee Westwood of England, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Arjun Atwal of India and defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.
Fung will be on a personal mission at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club as he has never made the halfway cut in seven previous appearances at his national championship, three as an amateur and four as a professional.
To help achieve his goal, Fung has been training regularly in the gym which has given him extra distance off the tees.
“On this golf course, my tee shots always land in the bunker traps. My distance from the tees is about 280 yards and there’s exactly where the bunkers are. That’s why I’ve been going to the gym to gain some distance. Now I can hit five yards more so I can carry my drives over the traps,” he said.
Fung will do his best not to think about winning the Maybank Malaysian Open. “We all want to win but I don’t think we feel that much pressure. I do not want to force myself to think about winning the tournament yet. I just want to keep a positive mind set and hope for a good week.”
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About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,200 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People’s Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
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 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.
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 Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line. We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment),  Astro (Official Satellite TV), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).