Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung won the PGM Johor Championship by a whopping 11 shots, carding a closing 64 to finish with a stunning 27-under-par 261 total at Johor Golf & Country Club.
Taking four-shot lead into the final round of the RM200,000 tournament, co-sanctioned by the PGM Tour and Asian Development Tour (ADT), Fung did not falter and ran away with the title with compatriot R. Nachimuthu and Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing settling for a distant joint second.
Fung, the 2013 ADT Order of Merit winner, nailed nine birdies against a lone bogey to match his third round effort. His winning total would have been the record lowest 72-hole score on the ADT if not for the preferred lies in play.
The final round was suspended at 12.46pm local time due to lightning threats before resuming close to three hours later. The delay, however, did not dampen the spirits of Fung, who eventually became the third Malaysian to win on the ADT this season.
“I feel unstoppable out there. The birdies just kept coming.
“I didn’t expect this. I thought I would be under pressure playing with Lam and Nachimuthu but I reminded myself to just play my own game and not think too much. I enjoyed myself out there and I’m happy with the results,” said Fung.
“This win would be a good preparation for me when I return to play on the Asian Tour in two weeks’ time. The world ranking points I received will also be a great boost as it puts me in a better position to try and qualify for the Olympics next year,” added the 24-year-old Malaysian, who took home the winner’s prize purse of US$9,560 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his win.
The ADT will reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2016. For more information on the ADT, visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Results (Top 10 and ties)
261 – Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-67-64-64
272 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 64-68-69-71, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-65-69-71
276 – Sean RIORDAN (NZL) 70-66-71-69
277 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 71-69-68-69, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 70-68-64-75
278 – Wilson CHOO (MAS) 69-70-71-68
279 – Tyler EKENBERG (USA) 70-71-69-69
280 – Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 71-70-73-66, HSIEH Chi-hsien (TPE) 66-75-70-69, KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 71-69-69-71, Gyeongjun LEE (KOR) 71-69-67-73