Nicholas Fung led after the first round at last week's CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, but with the emotional burden of the loss of his grandmother taking its toll on him, he eventually finished in 21st place. – AFP Photo / Asian Tour / Khalid Redza
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfer Nicholas Fung is determined to play his best game and honour his late grandmother when he takes on the best golfers in Asia and Europe at The Championship at Laguna National, Singapore.
Nicholas played with a heavy heart at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters last week following the death of his grandmother.
The Sabah-born golfer led after the first round but with the emotional burden taking its toll on him, he eventually finished in 21st place.
The Championship, which begins on Thursday, is a US$1.5mil (RM4.9mil) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour and it marks the start of a new week for Nicholas.
“I was very close to my grandmother and her death was a huge blow to me. I went back to Sabah to attend her funeral and I’m feeling more composed now.
“I know she’s watching me from above and I hope to do well to make her proud this week,” said Nicholas, who is the only Malaysian playing in the event.
Nicholas is one of Asia’s young stars to look out for following a spectacular 2013 season where he was crowned the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit champion following one victory and three runner-up finishes.
He also finished tied sixth and runner-up in the Philippines and Indonesia respectively to earn his Asian Tour card after finishing 36th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season.
Nicholas was one of three in a field of 22 Malaysian golfers to make the cut at the Maybank Malaysian Open recently.
The EurAsia Cup star also delivered a performance to remember when he pushed Team Europe’s captain Miguel Angel Jimenez down the wire at the Ryder Cup-style event in Malaysia in March.
“Overall, I’ve been playing well except for my putting, which needs a little bit more work as I’ve been making unnecessary errors.
“I feel I stand a good chance at this course as I played here before and I might have a slight advantage as the course is not that long,” he added.