Nicholas Fung in a file photo. He lost to Danny Chia by one shot last year at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship. – Bernama Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: EurAsia Cup star Nicholas Fung will be digging deep into his reserves when he tees off against a talented cast which includes title holder Danny Chia at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) on Wednesday.
Playing in his fifth consecutive event, the reigning ADT number one is confident he can challenge for the title in the RM200,000 event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club’s Garden course.
Nicholas will headline the event alongside Danny, current ADT Order of Merit leader Chan Shih-chang of Taiwan, Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand and American Brett Munson, who are all ADT winners.
Nicholas lost to Danny by one shot last year but bounced back to win the ADT Order of Merit crown courtesy of one victory and three second place finishes.
He subsequently rose in stature with several top finishes on the Asian Tour at the end of 2013 to secure his full playing rights and then featured prominently for Team Asia in the memorable draw with Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup at Glenmarie in March.
He is positive about his return to the Garden course which holds good memories for him.
“I love this course so I’ll do my best here. This is my fifth week in a row (competing) and I’m feeling a bit tired. That’s why I didn’t play a practice round today. I should be okay because I like playing on this course,” said the 23-year-old.
“The ADT was very important for me last year. To be honest, I wanted to win as many ADT events as I could. It was a good stepping stone because I earned a lot of world ranking points. I hope other young players can use this platform and improve their game,” added Nicholas, who is currently ranked 259th in the world.
Danny is looking forward to a return at Glenmarie after spending most of last year on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments which were pressing on a nerve. He returned to action this year but admits he is not fully recovered.
“I still need a bit of rehab to regain strength in my right arm. The doctor is not convinced that I should start playing now because I’m not 100% recovered.
“I try to play two weeks and take two weeks off,” said Danny, who was the first Malaysian to win on the Asian Tour in 2002.
Despite going against his doctor’s advice, Danny is excited ahead of his title defence.
“I’m still finding a way to play. There is a good thing that has come out from the injury because now I’m hitting the ball straighter!
“I have to hold back on some shots because of my weak arm and I’ve been playing like that since the start of the year. It is a new type of game which I have found and I’m really excited with the way I am performing now,” he said.