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by lim teik huat AND ashreena pillai
Malaysian Nicholas Fung wants to play without pressure in the final round of the CIMB Classic on Sunday. He's at 69th spot with a three-round total of seven-over 223. - Filepic
NICHOLAS Fung will go into Sunday’s final round of the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) with no added pressure.
The 23-year-old Sabahan, who will have some of his family and friends cheering him on, will be looking to round up his debut with a solid round of golf.
On Saturday, he carded a one-under 71 – the first time he’s gone under-par this week – for a three-day total of seven-over 223 to be placed 69th.
It was his best round of the three days, having carded two-over 74 on Thursday and six-over 78 on Friday.
“I was hitting much better today (Saturday) compared to the first two days. I bogeyed the 11th but that was a tough hole. I also bogeyed the 14th because I hit it over the green,” said Nicholas.
“But on the 16th I just went for the green and birdied that. I missed a short putt on the 17th and that was painful. I told myself that I can do better on the front nine and did just that. I had one eagle and one birdie without any bogeys.”
But the silver-lining on a tough round and three days of golf would be the eagle he scored on the third hole.
“I hit a good drive and hit my three-wood to about three feet. It was good,” he said.
With everything to play for Sunday, will money be a motivating factor?
“I will play like how I did today (Saturday) ... I have nothing to lose,” said Nicholas.
“The prize money has never crossed my mind. My main motivation is the opportunity of playing with the PGA Tour players.
“If I keep thinking about the money, then I’ll definitely feel the pressure. I hope to shoot a five or six-under to move into the top-50 or top-60 tomorrow (today).”
Rashid Ismail, who had been the best performing Malaysian up till Saturday, endured a terrible day at the office when he carded an eight-over 80 on Saturday – his worst score of the tournament – to finish with a three-day total of 13-over 229.
Rashid, who teed off on the back nine, picked up four bogeys – fourth, sixth, 13th and 15th – and a double bogey on the 11th and 14th holes.
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