BKT, durians fuel Fung-Li partnership

Nicholas Fung in action during Thursday's Pro-Am tournament at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM ©Stuart Franklin|Getty

Shah Alam [SELANGOR]: Nicholas Fung believes his budding friendship with Chinese superstar Li Haotong will translate into a formidable partnership on the course at the US$4.8 million EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.

Fung has played the gracious host to  Li since the latter’s arrival in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, indulging in the visitor’s request to sample some local delicacies such as bak kut teh (pork rib soup)  and durians.

The duo have also clicked during practice with Team Asia skipper Arjun Atwal deciding to pair them together for Friday’s fourball session. The pair will take on Spaniard hotshot Rafael Cabrera Bello and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria in the day’s fifth match.

“I think the bak kut teh and durian sessions were really good as  Haotong wanted to  taste a bit of what our country had to offer. He is a great fan of the King of Fruits and I spent quite a bit on them!” quipped the Sabahan.

“We go back to our amateur years playing for our countries, so the chemistry is there. Both of us speak Mandarin – so communication is definitely not a problem and more importantly, our playing styles are almost the same – Li is a jovial guy, so it’s a lot of fun playing with him.”

“It’s a tough assignment – Rafa and Bernd are really strong opponents but I believe Haotong’s fearless attitude and strengths will be complementary to mine. I’m not the longest hitter out here but the Garden course suits my short game, so hopefully we can find some early momentum and pile the pressure on the Europeans,” noted Fung.

Having tasted success on the Asian Tour last year, Fung is raring to get his 2018 season underway with a confident swinging display at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.

“I ended last season feeling a little frustrated with my form. I took a short break away from it all and returned with a more relaxed mindset. I could feel the difference on the range this week – the swing was more powerful and tension-free, so hopefully I can deliver the goods,” added the 27-year-old Malaysian.