A second captain’s pick will be named later to complete the 10-man Team Asia line-up which will face Team Europe, led by playing captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, in the Ryder Cup-styled showdown from March 27-29.
Japanese stars Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara, along with Kim Hyung Sung of Korea, have also earned their places to represent Team Asia.
Nicholas Fung was visibly over the moon after receiving the good news.
“I’m very happy to be selected. When I received the call I thought it was a joke. It is an honour for me to be picked and I like the course”.
“I am honoured that Thongchai has selected me as one of his captain’s picks. It is a great privilege to be the sole Malaysian representative in Team Asia and I can’t wait for the EurAsia Cup to start,” said Fung.
“I enjoyed a good season in 2013 and I hope to continue to play my best golf for Team Asia in March. It will be extremely exciting to tee up in Malaysia alongside many other great Asian players to face Europe. I intend to compete with pride and fight for our team’s honour.”
Datuk Mohamed Razeek said: “It is exciting to see the inclusion of established Japanese stars Hideto Tanihara and Koumei Oda and Korea’s Kim Hyung Sung, whose presence will ensure a diverse Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup.
We believe that Team Asia is strongly represented by the finest players from across the continent and we are equally excited that captain Thongchai has picked our very own Malaysian star, Nicholas Fung as one of his captain’s selections. We are confident the Malaysian golf fans will be out in full force in March to support Nicholas and the rest of Team Asia against Europe.”
The 24-year-old Fung rose to prominence last season by topping the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit following one victory and six other top-10s. He was also fifth in the Resorts World Manila Masters and runner-up in the Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour, finishing 36th on the Order of Merit to earn full playing rights for the 2014 season.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.