Fung takes aim at McDowell and Donaldson

Wed 26 Mar 2014

Fung takes aim at McDowell and Donaldson

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Kuala Lumpur, March 26: Nicholas Fung and Kim Hyung-sung plan to take the bull by the horns after being drawn with two of Team Europe’s strongest players, Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson, for the opening day’s fourball at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM starting on Thursday.
Malaysian ace Fung, a captain’s pick, is relishing the challenge of taking on Major champion McDowell and Donaldson, who are ranked 14th and 28th in the world respectively, in the final fourball match of the day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club’s Garden course.
“I’m so happy that I’m playing against Graeme McDowell. I was hoping to play with him during one of the days and now I’ve achieved that dream, I hope I can do better and win the match for my team,” said the 23-year-old Fung.
Fung, winner of the 2013 Asian Development Tour Order of Merit, intends to repay captain Thongchai Jaidee’s faith in him.
“Thongchai believes in us and he wants us to play our own games. He is very confident we can beat Team Europe. He has asked us to go out to have fun. He does not want us to be stressed out but maintain a more relaxed mood by playing pool and ping pong in the team room!” said Fung.
“We know each other very well. The team’s mood is good. The atmosphere is great and the Japanese guys are really funny! Actually all of us have been joking around and having fun. This relax mood will definitely help us,” he added.
Fung hopes to draw on the home fans’ support. “I have home advantage and the crowd will be following my group. I know Graeme and Jamie are good players but hopefully we can give them a good fight. I’m ready to go on the attack tomorrow.
“In this format, you need to get as many birdies as you can. I average about five or six birdies on this golf course so hopefully I can get more than that to win the match,” said Fung.
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.
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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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.
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