Olympic Target for Triumphant Fung

Nicholas Fung savoured success in Johor. Picture by Arep Kulal.
Nicholas Fung savoured success in Johor. Picture by Arep Kulal.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Nicholas Fung claimed his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) win after romping to a commanding 11-stroke victory at the RM200,000 (about US$55,400) PGM Johor Championship.

Fung, the 2013 ADT Order of Merit winner, nailed nine birdies against a lone bogey to match his third round effort of eight-under-par 64 at the Johor Golf and Country Club.

The Malaysian’s winning total of 27-under-par 261 would have been the record lowest 72-hole score on the ADT if not for the preferred lies in play.

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and R. Nachimuthu of Malaysia shared second place following identical 71s while newcomer Sean Riordan of New Zealand, who registered a 69, settled for fourth on 276.

Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei carded a 69 to share eighth place on 280 with three other players.

The final round was suspended at 12.46 pm local time due to lightning threats before resuming close to three hours later. The delay, however, did not dampen the spirits of Fung, who is the third Malaysian to win on the ADT this season.

“I feel unstoppable out there. The birdies just kept coming. I didn’t expect this. I thought I would be under pressure playing with Lam and Nachimuthu but I reminded myself to just play my own game and not think too much. I enjoyed myself out there and I’m happy with the results,” said Fung, whose overnight four-shot lead was hardly threatened.

“This win would be a good preparation for me when I return to play on the Asian Tour in two weeks’ time. The world ranking points I received will also be a great boost as it puts me in a better position to try and qualify for the Olympics next year,” added the 24-year-old.

Fung took home the winner’s prize purse of US$9,560 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his win.

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