Nicholas Fung: 'If I can beat Miguel (Angel Jimenez), then it will boost my team-mates’ confidence. He is very experienced but I have the advantage of having played here many times.' – Bernama Photo
SUBANG: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung has been given the unenviable task of leading Team Asia’s challenge on the final day of the inaugural EurAsia Cup at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
Nicholas will take on unbeaten Team Europe captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, a winner of 20 European Tour titles, in the opening singles showdown. Team Europe lead by 7-3. The Europeans need only three and a half more points out of Saturday’s 10 on offer to clinch the Cup.
Despite not securing a point in his two matches – fourball and foursome – to date, Nicholas is unfazed by the task given to him by Team Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee.
“If I can beat Miguel, then it will boost my team-mates’ confidence. I’ve seen Miguel play and he isn’t a long hitter, but his short game is remarkable. He is very experienced but I have the advantage of having played here many times,” said Nicholas.
“My confidence level is good and I’m hitting the ball very well. It’s going to be totally different in the singles as everyone will be going back to what we are most familiar with. I will practise my putting and remain focused on the chance at hand,” added the 23-year-old Malaysian.
Thongchai, the three-time Asian Order of Merit winner, has penned himself down for a titanic clash with 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell.
“It’s the singles and there are 10 points up for grabs. I’ve put up a strong line-up. Hopefully, it will turn out well tomorrow for us,” said Thongchai.
“We need another 7½ points to win the Cup. In golf, you never know. We will try our best.
“The Europeans have played together many times in this kind of format compared to us. They have so many tournaments like this. They are very strong mentally. Some of the players in my team have no such experience at all.
“Anyway, I’ve told my players to enjoy themselves. We just need to play our own game,” added the 44-year-old Thai.