Golf

Published: Friday April 25, 2014 MYT 10:11:00 PM
Updated: Friday April 25, 2014 MYT 10:19:21 PM

Nicholas puts grief aside to stay in touch in Jakarta

KUALA LUMPUR: A grieving Nicholas Fung of Malaysia kept his emotions in check to share third spot in the second round of the US$750,000 (RM2.4mil) CIMB Niaga Indonesia Masters at the Royale Jakarta Gold Club.

Nicholas fired a three-under 69 for a two-day total of 136 to share third spot with Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat on a day when inclement weather halted play with 19 more golfers yet to complete their round.

Despite carrying a heavy heart with the passing of his grandmother, Nicholas continued with his chase for a career breakthrough on the region’s premier Tour.

The Malaysian, who started on the front nine, simply could not find the decisive birdie putts as he made 11 straight pars.

“I think I lost focus on my front nine. Then, my caddy came over and told me to put aside the unhappiness of my grandma’s passing and to concentrate on my game,” said the 23-year-old Nicholas.

A superb eagle-three on the 12th hauled the Malaysian back into the mix before a birdie on 16th ensured he would head into the weekend’s rounds just two shots behind the leader.

“I will try and win this week just for my grandma. I’m very happy with my 69 today and still seeing my name on the leaderboard,” he said.

Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang took advantage of a well-rested break to fire a sparkling eight-under 64 to take the second round clubhouse lead.

Wen-tang, a six-time Asian Tour winner, is clearly the man to catch when play resumes on Saturday as he marked his card with nine birdies against one bogey to take his place atop the leaderboard with his two-day total of 10-under 134.

Australian rookie Cameron Smith continued to impress in what is only his second start on the Asian Tour by carding a 67 to trail Wen-tang by a stroke.

The Taiwanese was forced to withdraw from the Malaysian Open last week because of heat and fatigue but, having taken a well-rested break, the 40-year-old came out with all guns blazing.

“I wasn’t feeling very well coming into this week. I had to withdraw from the tournament in Malaysia last week because the weather was just too hot!” he said

“I spent two days resting in the hotel. I’ve never slept so much before ... it was quite scary. I guess my body really needed some rest.”

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