Fung earns dream match-up

Nicholas Fung ©Paul Lakatos|Asian Tour
Nicholas Fung ©Paul Lakatos|Asian Tour

Shah Alam: Nicholas Fung and Kim Hyung-sung plan to take the bull by the horns after being drawn with two of Team Europe’s strongest players, Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson, for the opening day’s fourball at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.

Malaysian ace Fung, a captain’s pick, is relishing the challenge of taking on Major champion McDowell and Donaldson, who are ranked 14th and 28th in the world respectively, in the final fourball match of the day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club’s Garden course.

“I’m so happy that I’m playing against Graeme McDowell. I was hoping to play with him during one of the days and now I’ve achieved that dream, I hope I can do better and win the match for my team,” said the 23-year-old Fung.

Fung, winner of the 2013 Asian Development Tour Order of Merit, intends to repay captain Thongchai Jaidee’s faith in him.

“Thongchai believes in us and he wants us to play our own games. He is very confident we can beat Team Europe. He has asked us to go out to have fun. He does not want us to be stressed out but maintain a more relaxed mood by playing pool and ping pong in the team room!” said Fung.

Kim, who finished second on the Japan Tour money list last year, is looking forward to partnering the Malaysian number one.

“We have never played or competed with each other, so I think tomorrow as we play 18 holes together, hopefully it will be shorter, but as we play 18 holes, we’ll mesh together and we’ll have a big combination. We’re looking forward to playing this match, and hopefully it’s a fun match and hopefully we’ll get it done in a very quick fashion.”

“We know each other very well. The team’s mood is good. The atmosphere is great and the Japanese guys are really funny! Actually all of us have been joking around and having fun. This relax mood will definitely help us,” he added.

Fung hopes to draw on the home fans’ support. “I have home advantage and the crowd will be following my group. I know Graeme and Jamie are good players but hopefully we can give them a good fight. I’m ready to go on the attack tomorrow.

“In this format, you need to get as many birdies as you can. I average about five or six birdies on this golf course so hopefully I can get more than that to win the match,” said Fung.