Fung aims for fun at Fanling
Having had so many unhappy experiences in past Hong Kong Opens, Derek Fung approaches this week's tournament with only one solid objective - to have fun.
Fung, who with Dominique Boulet has been one of Hong Kong's leading golfers over the past three years, has conspicuously failed to sparkle in the Open and has never made it past the cut in previous tournaments.
Although Fung would dearly like to extend his Open campaign into this weekend, yesterday he avoided making predictions of his chances.
'I think maybe that's a bit of a problem I've had in the past. I've gotten caught up in the fact that it's my home course and home crowd and maybe put too much pressure on myself,' Fung said.
'Yeah, of course I want to do well but I'm not really setting myself any targets.
'I just want to relax and enjoy it and see what happens.' Fung has had a quiet season, playing only a handful of tournaments on the Asian PGA Omega Tour and spending most of his time in the United States. He recently missed out by one stroke at the first stage of qualifying school for next year's US PGA Tour.
'My whole year has been pretty much geared towards qualifying school. I played pretty well in Florida but I was out by one shot. Overall, though, I'm feeling okay,' said Fung, who plans to focus his attention on the Omega Tour next year.
Boulet approaches the Open on the back of an 11th-place finish in the Thailand Open earlier this month, and is 'reasonably happy' with his game going into the tournament.
'I played okay in Thailand two weeks ago - but that was two weeks ago,' Boulet quipped. 'There's always going to be a little bit of pressure when you play your home course but I don't really mind it. It's good when you've got people behind you.' Tee-off times - Page 35