Korea's An set for exciting showdown at EurAsia Cup

Tue 09 Jan 2018

Korea's An set for exciting showdown at EurAsia Cup

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Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 10: Korea’s Byeonghun An is ready to renew his rivalry with Team Europe when the epic battle at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM begins on Friday.

An was part of Team Asia who lost to Team Europe at the last EurAsia Cup in 2016.

The Korean, who is ranked 100th on the Official World Golf Ranking, however believes the team can make up for that 18 ½ - 5 ½ loss and claim what would be a popular victory at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

Thailand’s Poom Saksansin will be making his debut at the team match-play event and will be adopting a similar mental approach which has seen him lift two Asian Tour titles.

The 24-year-old, who qualified for the EurAsia Cup through his Order of Merit position where he finished in eighth place last year, believes a relaxed approach will be key to doing well.

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six Fourball matches, followed by six Foursomes matches and 12 Singles matches on the third day.


Did you know?

  • Byeunghun An became the youngest U.S. Amateur champion at the age of 17.
  • He won the 2015 BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour with a record score of 21-under-par and was named the Rookie of the Year.
  • An earned a point for Team Asia in the last edition of the EurAsia Cup when he partnered Thongchai Jaidee to defeat Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick 3&1.
  • An makes his return to the team after being selected as one of captain, Arjun Atwal’s pick.
  • An got engaged last year and is planning to tie the knot with his fiancée this year.
  • Poom is a two-time Asian Tour winner. He won his first title in Indonesia in 2016 before injuring his back. He returned to his best form when he won again in India last year.
  • Earlier in his career, Poom played mostly on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) where he won once in 2015.
  • Poom earned Asian Tour card by finishing tied 18th at Qualifying School on home soil in 2014.
  • The 24-year-old also helped Thailand claim the team gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games in 2013.

Players’ Quotes

 

Byeonghun An

I'm glad to be back. Although we lost the last time we had a lot of fun.  I'm looking forward to it again as we have some really good and young players playing this time. I'm sure we can do better than last time and I'm just going to do my job and not worry about the others because I know they will do well.  I just want my points. We all play for one goal and that's to win. My goal is simple and that is to get my points.  All the guys probably want to do that as well and I'm not worried because I know they are good players.  Hopefully I do my part.  That's all I can do. I have to play well and then see what happens. It was my full on season on the PGA Tour last year and it was definitely not easy. It was tough seeing the best 125 players in the world playing against me but I did manage to achieve a couple of my goals. I think this event is a great start for 2018 and that's why I'm here. I'm starting here and playing the next two weeks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Poom Saksansin

I’m really excited to be able to play in my first EurAsia Cup. We have a great team and I hope I can play my part in helping the Team win. Of course, it’s important to have fun too. My short game is my biggest asset and I hope to use that to my advantage. I always tell myself to enjoy myself when I play golf and the result will take care of itself.

 

Ends.

About DRB-HICOM

DRB-HICOM Berhad (“DRB-HICOM”) is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive, Services & Education, as well as Property sectors. With more than 90 active companies in its stable and over 59,000 employees group-wide, DRB-HICOM’s aim is to continue adding value and propelling the nation’s development. In the Automotive sector, DRB-HICOM is involved in the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles, including the national motorcycle. In Services & Education, DRB-HICOM is involved in various businesses, including concession and financial-related services. In Property, DRB-HICOM is involved in residential and commercial developments.

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About the European Tour

The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2017, the European Tour International Schedule features a minimum of 47 tournaments in 26 countries, including eight Rolex Series events, all part of the Race to Dubai.Celebrating the global connectivity of the European Tour and Dubai, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition to crown the European Tour’s Number One player, an honour which in 2016 went to Sweden’s Henrik Stenson for the second time, and which since 2009 has also been achieved three times by Rory McIlroy, as well as by Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald. Formerly known as the Order of Merit, points are accumulated based on prize money won, with the top 10 ranked players at the end of the season sharing a $5million Race to Dubai bonus pool.Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 26 Members celebrate a total of 52 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on the Tour.The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which featured 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which featured 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.


About MMC Corporation Berhad

MMC Corporation Berhad (MMC) is a leading utilities and infrastructure group with diversified businesses under three divisions, namely ports & logistics, energy & utilities and engineering & construction.Its key businesses under the Ports and Logistics division include the operations of Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, Johor Port Berhad, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, Penang Port Sdn Bhd, Kontena Nasional Berhad and JP Logistics. Internationally, MMC has an associate stake in Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company Limited, a container port terminal within the Jeddah Islamic Port, Saudi Arabia.Under the Energy & Utilities division, MMC is the single largest shareholder of both Malakoff Corporation Berhad and Gas Malaysia Berhad.MMC's Engineering & Construction division has further established itself in the sector with a leading role as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) and underground works package contractor for the 51km Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project (Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line) and Line 2 project (Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line). Prior to this, MMC has successfully completed the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Tracking Project as well as the innovative Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) motorway, the first-of-its-kind dual-purpose tunnel in the world.MMC continues to make inroads in the construction industry, securing key civil and infrastructure projects in the country namely Langat Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant, Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant, civil and infrastructure works for RAPID Pengerang Cogeneration Plant. Additionally, MMC has a 20% effective interest in Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd (BHP) which has been appointed as PDP for the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway Project.In other businesses, MMC owns Aliran Ihsan Resources Berhad, a water treatment plant operator and Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, the operator of Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru; a major aviation hub and the main air transportation gateway to Iskandar Malaysia. Additionally, MMC's Group Property arm manages close to 6,000 acres of industrial developments in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor and Kulim, Kedah, namely Senai Airport City, Tanjung Bin Petrochemical & Maritime Industrial Centre (TBPMIC) and Northern Technocity in Kulim. The Senai Airport City, TBPMIC and NTC (NTC) developments come under the ambit of Group Property's three operating companies – Senai Airport City Sdn Bhd, Seaport Worldwide Sdn Bhd and Northern Technocity Sdn Bhd respectively.