KOH SAMUI (Thailand) — Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung overcame nerves to secure a maiden Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup yesterday, and fittingly dedicated the career breakthrough to his father.
The 27-year-old Nicholas, who was the overnight leader, courageously holed a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole at Santiburi Samui Country Club for a closing four-under-par 67 and a one-stroke triumph over Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.
His impressive 15-under 269 winning aggregate saw him join countrymen Danny Chia, Airil Rizman and Ben Leong as winners on the region’s premier Tour. Nicholas is also the fifth first-time winner this season.
The slightly-built Nicholas paid tribute to his father, En Ping, who was with him on the holiday isle.
“I started even par on the front nine but managed to shoot four under on the back nine and managed to get a win. It was very exciting. It’s my first win and I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time. I’m very happy.
“And also it’s the best day to win as it’s Father’s Day. It’s the best gift I can give to my dad (Fung En Ping).
“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.”
The Malaysian chipped in for birdie on 16 from off the green and then nailed a radar-guided wedge to two feet for another birdie on 17 which kept his nose ahead of the field.
Nicholas earned US$90,000 (RM385,000) to move up to 13th place on the Order of Merit with US$122,007 (RM521,970). He finished 12th on the Merit list last year for his best career finish yet.