Asian stars up for EurAsia Cup showdown with Europe

Tue 27 Aug 2013

Asian stars up for EurAsia Cup showdown with Europe

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Kuala Lumpur, August 27: Asian stars Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and India’s Jeev Milkha Singh cannot wait to face Europe following the launch of EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM which will be staged in March, 2014.
The formidable duo, who have won a combined five Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, are keen to spearhead the Asian challenge in the new showpiece, which will pit 10 of the finest golfers from Asia and Europe.
Modelled after the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, the first edition of the EurAsia Cup will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from March 28 to 30, 2014.
Thongchai and Singh are hopeful they can play their way into the Asian team for the historic showdown.
“I am very happy to see such great events happening in Asia. I’ve played a lot of tournaments in different kinds of format. I would love to see the younger generation of Asian players playing in the event. I think it will help them to gain experience and improve their game,” said Thongchai, a 13-time Asian Tour winner.
“This is a new format compared to what most of us have been playing. You don’t play for yourself. You play as a team. It’s going to be fun to watch and to play. This event is going to be an important one for Asian players,” added the Thai, who will defend his Wales Open title this week.
Singh, who is an Asian Tour honorary member, believes the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM can be a huge success.
“This is a new format compared to what most of us have been playing. You don’t play for yourself. You play as a team. It’s going to be fun. This event is going to be an important one for Asian players,” said Singh.
“When you play a team event, the nations will come together. Asia will come together. Europe will come together and they will pull for their own people out there. It makes an impact in the region with such a big event like this,” added the six-time Asian Tour winner.
The Indian expects a competitive atmosphere between the Asian and European teams as they battle for pride and glory.
“I’m sure the Asian team will be strong. We’ve got enough good players around to represent Asia and I would love to play for Asia. A lot of Asian players have come out from the region and doing great worldwide and I think it’s going to be a great competition,” said Singh.
Ryder Cup stars Franceso Molinari of Italy and Paul Lawrie of Scotland, an eight-time European Tour winner, are expecting a tough challenge from Asia.
“This is very exciting news. It’s always fun to play team events and matchplay events. It’s going to be exciting for us as well as the people who are watching. I’m sure the Asian team will be strong and will pose a big challenge to us,” said Molinari.
“The Asians are getting stronger and they have got a lot of young and good players coming through. I’m sure it will be a tight match so hopefully it will be exciting to watch and to play for us,” added the Italian.
Lawrie, a former British Open champion, said: “It’s a great idea. The Asian players and the Asian Tour are growing all the time. It’s kind of catching up for us to be able to play in a tournament against them. Getting our boys to play in it is another great idea.
“I don’t think Europe will stand a better chance to win. The Asian golfers are very talented and some of them are quite experienced now having competed against the best players in the world week in week out. There are quite a few of them in the world’s top 50! It’s going to be hard for the European team to win,” said the Scottish.
Both Tours will announce the team captains in due course.
The first day’s play on March 28, Friday will include five foursomes matches, followed by five fourball matches on March 29, Saturday and 10 singles matches on March 30, Sunday at Glenmarie’s Garden course.
About DRB-HICOM Berhad
DRB-HICOM Berhad (“DRB-HICOM”) is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive; Services; and Property, Asset & Construction sectors. With more than 80 active companies in its stable and over 52,000 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, DRB-HICOM is involved in various businesses, including concession and financial-related services. In Property, Asset & Construction, DRB-HICOM is involved in residential and commercial developments. Visit www.drb-hicom.com
About Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered on 5th August 2010 in Malaysia. As a non-profit organisation, PGM’s objectives are to promote the sport of golf and to contribute towards its enjoyment and growth. To conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and skills of professional golfers, as well as to promote and/or conduct a golf Tour or events as a means to hone their skills and to elevate the standards of the professional golfers in Malaysia. PGM provides a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to enable them to focus on playing while PGM shoulders the responsibility of arranging and financing these tournaments. To achieve these objectives, PGM organises a series of golf tournaments on an annual basis. For the year 2012, PGM hosted 20 tournaments offering RM3 million in prize money, seven of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour. The schedule for 2013 features 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, 10 of which are co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour. The expansion of the Tour on an annual basis and the increased prize money is an indicator of its vibrant growth year-on-year.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
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