HIGHLY-RATED Nicholas Fung of Malaysia hopes to cause a major upset in the singles format when he faces an in-form Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain on the final day of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.
Nicholas and Jimenez will be the first singles match tomorrow and the young Malaysian will be hoping to inspire his team by claiming a crucial point against the Spaniard at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club Garden course.
“If I can beat Miguel then my teammates will definitely notice it on the scoreboards. I’m sure that result will motivate them. I’ve seen Miguel play and he isn’t a long hitter but his short game is remarkable. He is very experienced but I’ve played here many times,” said Nicholas.
Nicholas, who is the captain’s pick, suffered a second successive defeat alongside his partner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India. They were up against Team Europe’s hotshots Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson in the foursomes format.
Nicholas and Bhullar were two-up after eight holes, but slipped back when Nicholas missed a short par putt on nine. McDowell and Donaldson then pounced on another mistake on 13 before going on to win the match 2 and 1.
“My putting let me and my team down today. I’ll be sleeping with my putter tonight! I missed two short putts on nine and 13. I was clearly upset but Gaganjeet kept motivating me so I hope I don’t let my team down tomorrow. We are trailing by four points but anything can happen,” said the 23-year-old Nicholas.