Nicholas out to make the cut in the SMBC Singapore Open


  • Golf
  • Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia follow his shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the CIMB Classic golf tournament at Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)

SINGAPORE: Golfer Nicholas Fung (pic) hopes to stay consistent in his bid to make the cut in the SMBC Singapore Open.

The inclement weather has affected the tournament as some golfers were forced to play their remaining holes today, but the 28-year-old is confident that things will get better as he continues his journey in the second round today.

“Playing in the morning is an advantage as it will not be too windy and I plan to play as many holes as quickly as possible,” said Nicholas, who needs to play 11 more holes today to know if he gets into the third round.

“This course is not an easy one, and you have to put in your whole effort. I’m just hoping that the weather will be kind to all of us.

“My aim is to get into the top-65 and then plan my game.”

Momentum is indeed on Nicholas’ side since he fired a career-best 10-under 62 to claim his first Asian Tour top-10 finish in 18 months at last year’s Indonesian Masters.

“I’m confident with my golf at the moment. I’ve been hitting well since my performance in Indonesia, and I believe it will continue here.

“The key is to keep my routine consistent,” added Nicholas.

In the seven holes played, Nicholas had one bogey and one birdie while the other five were pars.

As for the 20-year-old Ervin Chang, he is not thinking about making the cut as it will only put extra pressure on him. He has to play 11 more holes to complete the second round.

“I want to focus on my game. It will be a fresh start tomorrow (today). If I make the cut, it’ll be great.

“It will be a long day, but I’m positive about it.”

Ervin started off a little rough as he got a bogey in hole 10 but scrambled his way through the first three holes. In the next four, he got one birdie to remain on par.

Ben Leong might miss the cut after carding a total score of 144 for two rounds.

He carded one-over 72 in both, and he is currently 93rd.

Danny Chia and Shahriffudin Ariffin have yet to complete their second round, but they too are in danger of missing the cut as they are currently ranked 118th and 123th respectively.

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