DEREK Fung is aiming to reap the benefits from a week of hard labour when he tees-off in the 37th Hong Kong Open tomorrow. The Hong Kong-born 26-year-old has spent the past seven days at the Fanling practice range where he has devoted the majority of his time to sharpening up his short game. 'I've been working on my chipping and putting in particular,' said Fung, one of the leading local prospects for the US$300,000 tournament, the second leg of the 1995-96 Asian Tour. Although Fung's confidence has been boosted by a succession of encouraging recent performances on the Asian PGA Tour, he knows that there are no short cuts to success. 'You really have to work hard to do well at this game - especially on the short game. That is where tournaments are won and lost,' he said after posting a three-under-par 67 on the Eden Course in yesterday's Pro-Am. A stalwart of Hong Kong's international teams in the early 1990s, Fung joined the ranks of the professionals in late 1993 after completing a three-year stint at Pepperdine University in America. He missed the half-way cut in last year's Hong Kong Open, but believes he is better equipped now to mount a challenge over the course where he was introduced to the game by his father, Dr Robert Fung, 15 years ago. In the past 10 weeks he has taken part in seven Asian PGA Tour events and made the cut in all of them. An 11th-place finish at the Samsung Masters in Korea earned him a cheque for US$9,500 - the biggest pay-day of his career. Fung said: 'The more times you get into contention, the better you are able to handle the pressure. I'm still at the start of my career and I'm learning all the time.' Currently lying in 30th place on the Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit with earnings of more than US$23,000, Fung believes a first professional victory is within his sights. 'If I play well for four days, I think I can win. My game is improving and I'm learning to be more patient when I'm on the course,' he added. Could the big breakthrough come at Fanling? Fung said: 'Playing at your home course can be difficult because of the high expectations of others and the extra pressure you put on yourself to do well. But you do have the advantage of knowing the course better than most of the other players. 'It's important to get off to a solid start. Although you can't win a tournament on the first or second day, you can put yourself in position to be in contention going into the final day. That is my aim this week.'