Malaysia's Chia and Fung get late call-up to #WorldCupofGolf

Thu 06 Oct 2016

Malaysia's Chia and Fung get late call-up to #WorldCupofGolf

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Melbourne, Australia, October 6: Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung have earned a late entry into the US$8 million World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, next month, as Malaysia will make a welcome return to the prestigious team event for the first time since 2001.
Following the withdrawal of Fijian Vijay Singh, Chia received the nod as the next highest-ranked golfer in the world to compete in the 28-nation contest at Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 24 to 27.
The two-time Asian Tour champion, who will be making his third World Cup of Golf appearance, subsequently picked Fung as his partner. The 26-year-old Fung, currently 23rd on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, will be making his debut in the team event.
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
Chia and Fung were partners when Team Asia lost to Team Europe in the EurAsia Cup on home soil in January. They halved their fourball match and foursomes match with Victor Dubuisson and Soren Kjeldsen to emerge as stars of the Asian team.
The 43-year-old Chia said: “I’m delighted to get into the World Cup of Golf. It’s been a while since Malaysia last qualified and coming so soon after I played in the Olympic Games, this is fantastic news for me and Nicholas.
“We don’t get to represent our country too often as professional golfers and to do so twice this year is an absolute treat. We certainly hope to play our best and fly the country’s flag high in Australia.”
Chia enjoyed his best season last year when he finished eighth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, thanks to a second Asian Tour win of his career. In recent years, he has taken Fung under his wing, regularly playing practice rounds together and offering advice to his younger compatriot.
“I picked Nicholas as my partner simply because of the fact that we had so much fun playing together in the EurAsia Cup and he’s also in good form this year. We practice quite regularly together and obviously know each other’s game well which will help in the fourball and foursomes format. It’ll be fun going to the World Cup of Golf with him,” said Chia, currently ranked 246th in the world.
“We don’t get to represent our country too often as professional golfers and to do so twice this year is an absolute treat. We certainly hope to play our best and fly the country’s flag high in Australia.” - Danny Chia

Fung was over the moon to earn his maiden World Cup of Golf appearance after missing the boat to the Olympics. “I’m thankful Danny picked me. I’m so excited with the opportunity and I’m looking forward to partnering my mentor in Australia,” said Fung, who has three top-10s and one top-15 on the Asian Tour in recent months.
“Danny is someone whom I’ve looked up to over the years and he’s been guiding me. We had a great time playing together in the EurAsia Cup and I look forward to playing alongside him in Kingston Heath.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
“There’s a strong field in Australia with the home side of Jason Day and Adam Scott being the obvious favourites but we’ll be heading down there to give it our best shot. There’s nothing better than representing your country and I’m sure it will encourage us to give our best.”
Other Asian nations who have qualified for the World Cup of Golf include Japan (Hideki Matsuyama/Ryo Ishikawa), Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee/Kiradech Aphibarnrat), Chinese Taipei (C.T. Pan/Chan Shih-chang), India (S.S.P. Chawrasia, Chikaranggapa S.), Philippines (Miguel Tabuena/Angelo Que), China (Li Haotong/Wu Ashun) and Korea (Byeonghun An/K.T. Kim).
The 2016 tournament will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format.  The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.
Tickets and hospitality packages starting at $30 are now available by visiting the World Cup of Golf website at www.WorldCupofGolf.com.
Golf fans interested in supporting their teams at the World Cup of Golf can book their travel packages via http://www.event-travel.com.au/WorldCupGolf2016/
About the World Cup of Golf:  The 2016 World Cup of Golf will mark the fifth time in the tournament’s history that it will be played in Australia and the first at any course other than Royal Melbourne.
Previous World Cup of Golf events in Australia:
Year       Winning Country/Players
1959       Australia (Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle)
1972       Chinese Taipei (Hsieh Min-Nan/Lu Liang-Huan)
1988       United States (Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber)
2013       Australia (Jason Day/Adam Scott)
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world's most liveable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.
Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.