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Perfect start for Sabah's Fung
Published on: Friday, February 09, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian pro golfer, Nicholas Fung got off to a good start by firing a 67 in the opening round in the ISPS Handa World Super Six Golf Tournament in Perth, Australia, Thursday.

The 27-year-old Sabahan traded three birdies against two bogeys in the front nine but fought back with four birdies in the back nine to share fourth place with eight others in the tournament which take place at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Western Australia. Speaking afterwards, Fung was happy with his performance as this is the third time he played in the same golf course, while praising the perfect condition in the morning which was less breezy and helped him to shoot a low score.

"When I was here two days ago, the greens were pretty wet, but the groundsmen managed to dry it up prior to the tournament," he was quoted in the Asian Tour website www.asiantour.com.

"I've been striking the ball well. Putting is my problem but today it seems that it is working.

Which is why I made seven birdies today," quipped Fung who claimed his first victory at the 2017 Queen's Cup in Thailand.

Another Malaysian player, Ben Leong came in joint 146th with two other players – David Smail of New Zealand and Germany's Marcel Schneider with a 77.

Defending champion Brett Rumford of Australia took the opening round lead by carding a flawless 64 while Rumford's teammate, James Nitties and former world number one, Lee Westwood of England shared the second place with a 66.

Rumford led the tournament from start to finish last year, dominating the opening three rounds of stroke play before winning the final-round match-play format at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Westwood, tied for second place after the first round with James Nitties of Australia, missed the cut in his first two tournaments of the year before finishing tied for 11th in Malaysia last week. "I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up," Westwood said after his 66. "You want to get yourself in the mix and try and cruise through the second and third days and get into that top 24."

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