Friday March 15, 2013
Danny says Nicholas on course for a great future
KUALA LUMPUR: Danny Chia has carried the local hopes in the Maybank Malaysian Open over the past decade but he insists the tide has changed with the emergence of Nicholas Fung.
Danny, who has won once on the Asian Tour, believes Fung has what it takes to enjoy a stellar career on the region’s Tour.
“I played with him a couple of times. He is a very good ball striker and player. He has a good future ahead of him. I think he just needs more competitive events to become even better,” said Danny.
The bespectacled Fung won the PGM Tour Order of Merit last season and by honing his skills on the ADT, it provided him with the impetus to earn his Asian Tour card this year through the Qualifying School.
“The Qualifying School is such a difficult event to play in and when you earn your Asian Tour card, it gives you a boost in your confidence,” said Fung.
“It shows that you are ready to play with some of the best players in the region. I feel my game is in great shape. My goal is to win at least one Asian Tour event this year,” added the slightly-build Sabahan.
Danny, who turned 40 in November, said the desire to win the Open still burns brightly among his compatriots who will take aim at the Seagram Trophy at the US$2.75mil event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour from March 21 to 24.
The memory of taking the halfway lead at the 2009 Maybank Malaysian Open before finishing tied 11th is still fresh in his mind.
He said it provided him with the necessary experience that has turned him into a better player.
“To win a tournament is difficult let alone on your home ground. It will only add unnecessary pressure.
“As long as I’m striking the ball and putting well than I stand a chance. I’ve come to a stage where I don’t force myself to win but take things as it comes along,” added Danny.