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Fung wins it for dad

Nichols Fung (R) celebrating with his father. Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung has dedicated his maiden Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup to his father, Fung En Ping. Fung won the US$300,000 tournament yesterday, which was Father’s Day, by one shot over Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.

“It’s a special gift for my father. I won an Asian Development Tour event in Malaysia on my mum’s birthday and, this week, winning on Father’s Day,” said Fung, 27.

“My father has taught me a lot. He brought me to the golf course, taught me how to be a better golfer and how to be a confident person to face the future. I just followed his advice and he guided me all the way. We did it on the right day,” added the bespectacled golfer after finally claiming victory in his 66th Asian Tour start.

With dad watching, Fung courageously holed a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole at Santiburi Samui Country Club for a closing 67 and an impressive 15-under-par 269 winning aggregate. He had previously finished second in three Asian Tour events, most recently at the 2016 Resorts World Manila Masters when he lost in a playoff. Fung joins compatriots Danny Chia, Airil Rizman and Ben Leong as tour winners.

With Jazz setting the clubhouse mark of 14-under with birdies on 17 and 18, Fung needed to stay calm on the tricky Santiburi Samui course. The Malaysian chipped in for birdie on 16 and then nailed a radar-guided wedge to two feet for another birdie on 17, which kept his nose ahead of the field. After a pushed drive and an aggressive fourth shot from the back of the 18th green, Fung safely holed the par putt for victory.

“It’s my first win and I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time.  This first win means a lot as I’ve been playing on the Asian Tour Tour for four or five years. I’ve always tried to win and finished second a few times.

“It’s a new life for me now as at last, I’ve achieved a win. To shoot 15-under is really good as it’s a difficult golf course. I’m always happy to come to Samui to play the Queen’s Cup as I love the golf course so much,” said Fung, who earned US$90,000 to move up to 13th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with US$122,007.

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