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by ashreena pillai
(From left) Senior director of EurAsia Golf Ltd Charlie Tingey, PGM chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, chief operating officer of DRB-HICOM Datuk Razak Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain and Asian Tour chairman Kyi Hla Han during the unveiling of the 2014 EurAsia Cup at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam, on Aug 26, 2013.
SHAH ALAM: Team matchplay events are always a crowd puller and you can expect no less when Malaysia host the inaugural EurAsia Cup between Europe and Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from March 28-30 next year.
Presented by DRB-HICOM and officially launched here Monday, the US$4mil (RM13mil) showdown is sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. It will see 10 of Europe’s best squaring off against their Asian counterparts in a format similar to that of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
And what’s more, Malaysia is set to host the first three editions (2014, 2016 and 2018).
“Kyi Hlan Han (Asian Tour chairman) proposed the idea to me in 2011 and I’m proud to say that the plan has now come to fruition,” said Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid.
With less than eight months away, news of the tournament has already set golfers abuzz.
Three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand is relishing the prospect of playing in the event. And he hopes to see younger Asian players step up to the plate.
“It’s a great way to promote golf in Asia. We have a lot of upcoming players from Japan, South Korea and Thailand. I would love to see some of these Asian players being part of the event,” said Thongchai who has 13 Asian Tour wins under his belt.
“I’ve played in a lot of tournaments under different kinds of format, but this one is going to be fun to watch and play as well,” he added.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari, a three-time European Tour winner and part of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup teams in 2010 and 2012, said “it’s always great fun to share a week playing in a team event”.
“Matchplay is a nice change from our usual routine. We don’t get much of these chances in our career so if you qualify for an event like this, you usually get very excited. I look forward to playing it. I’m sure Asia will come out strong and pose a big challenge for us,” said Molinari.
Europe’s 10 will consist of four players from the final Race to Dubai rankings as well as their top four players based on the world rankings. The other two will be the captain’s picks.
As for Asia, the top four in the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit will be picked. Three others will be selected based on their world rankings plus three captain’s picks.
The names of the two captains will be announced later.
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