Shah Alam [SELANGOR]: Nicholas Fung is looking to improve on his good start to the 2017 season with a composed display at the Maybank Championship, which begins Thursday.
The 26-year-old local star is setting his aim a little higher at Saujana Golf & Country Club after flirting with a top-ten finish in last year’s inaugural edition, where he eventually shared 24th placing on eight-under overall.
Having made successive cuts at the SMBC Singapore Open and Leopalace 21 Myanmar Open in recent weeks, Fung hopes to bring the positive vibes to home soil, where he is among 14 domestic professionals competing in the US$3 million event.
“A top-10 result is achievable but I don’t want to overthink things.I don’t want to think about winning and putting pressure on myself even I’m playing at home. I just hope my putt drops this week and my target is to go as low as I can,” noted Fung.
“I made the cut in Singapore and Myanmar and I’ve had a lot of motivation from my friends, family and sponsors. I’m feeling very positive about my game and the week ahead.”
Boasting numerous bunkers, dense clusters of palms lining the fairways and strategic water hazards, the revamped Palm Course at Saujana is as treacherous as they come and Fung knows that keeping his ball in play will be important.
“This golf course is more about being aggressive off the tees. I don’t hit it far but if I keep my ball in play I think I can do well. The greens are soft and it is good for me to attack so it suits my game,” added the former national.