Golf

Published: Monday February 17, 2014 MYT 8:42:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 17, 2014 MYT 10:03:15 PM

Nicholas is a man on a mission

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia started the 2013 season at 1,428th spot in the world. Today, he is ranked 237th.

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia started the 2013 season at 1,428th spot in the world. Today, he is ranked 237th.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian No. 1 Nicholas Fung is ready for another swinging year in golf.

For a start, the 23-year-old wants to play in all four rounds in the Maybank Malaysian Open for the first time at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from April 17-20.

He has also set his eyes on breaking into the top 100 in the world this year to enhance his chance of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games and win a maiden Asian Tour title.

“The last two years have been great for me. Last year was superb. I’m confident with my game now and I am ready to take it to a higher level,” said the bespectacled Nicholas.

“For now, I am looking forward to shine at home. I have never made the cut in the Malaysian Open, but I hope to do it this time.”

Nicholas started the 2013 season at 1,428th spot in the world. Today, he is ranked 237th.

He won the PGM UMW Templer Park Masters for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in Malaysia. He then went on to register five more top10s to eventually top the Order of Merits on both the PGM Tour and ADT.

Om Monday, Nicholas was honoured for winning the PGM Order of Merit for the second year in a row. Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin presented him with a jacket during the launch of the PGM Tour Yearbook at the Kinrara Golf and Country Club (KGCC).

In the Asian Tour, he finished tied fifth at the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters in the Philippines and went on to score a superb runner-up finish at the Indonesia Open.

He is now placed 36th in the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit – the best Malaysian performer on Asia’s premier circuit.

The Sabahan now hopes to fulfil his Olympic Games dream.

“It feels good to be ranked 237 in the world. We need to get two golfers in the top 300 to get to play in the two-man team event at the 2016 Olympic Games. We have a few good golfers who can join me in the top 300. There are nine ADT events this year to improve our world rankings and everyone has a fair chance,” said Nicholas.

“I plan to take part in a maximum 35 tournaments this year. I intend to practise hard but take enough rest in between. My main target is to make the top 100,” he added.

Currently, the other Malaysians with a world ranking are Iain Steel (538), Danny Chia (723), Shaaban Hussin (770), R. Nachimuthu (774), Airil Rizman Zahari (819) and amateur Gavin Green (854).

Tags / Keywords: Nicholas Fung, golf, Iain Steel, Maybank Malaysian Open, Iain Steel, Danny Chia, Shaaban Hussin, R. Nachimuthu, Airil Rizman Zahari Gavin Green

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