Thongchai instils winning mentality

Tue 25 Mar 2014

Thongchai instils winning mentality

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Kuala Lumpur, March 25: Team Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee has vowed to launch an all-out attack against Team Europe when the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM gets underway on Thursday.
The decorated Thai ace, who holds an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, will spearhead the continent’s charge at the three-day event which has been billed as an intercontinental clash.
With his illustrious track record that also includes 13 Asian Tour titles, Thongchai has issued a battle cry for his team to show their mettle and win lift the EurAsia Cup.
“We have a very complete team and I believe we stand a good chance of winning the trophy. It’s all about team work and there is a rich mix of youth and experience that will guide the team to victory,” said Thongchai.
The EurAsia Cup is based on a format similar to the Ryder Cup where the teams will go head-to-head in the fourball format on day one, foursomes on day two before culminating with the singles on the final day.
Thongchai acknowledged that Team Europe, led by Miguel Angel Jimenez and includes Ryder Cup stars in Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn, will be a formidable side but is quietly confident his team will prevail on Saturday. The winning team must garner 10.5 points to win the first EurAsia Cup trophy.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
“Europe has a very strong team. Graeme McDowell has a good track record in Match Play and Miguel, with his vast experience, is a good captain. But I know our team has what it takes to win this tournament and I’m confident,” said Thongchai.
The veteran Spaniard got one-up on Thongchai by winning an F1 simulator race at Glenmarie today but the Team Asia captain responded aptly: “Miguel got me by a few seconds on the F1 simulator. I'll get him by a few points in the Eurasia Cup.”
Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman, a two-time Asian Tour winner, believes the EurAsia Cup will showcase the emergence of Asian golf and he is eager to leave his mark on the world stage.
“We’ll do our best to win the EurAsia Cup. This is the first time we’re all coming together to play as a team and I’m confident that we can win,” said Siddikur, who holds the distinction of being the first Bangladeshi to win an Asian Tour title in Brunei in 2010.
“The EurAsia Cup is a proud moment not only for me but for Bangladesh as well. We are not very well known for golf but with the emergence of this tournament and by me playing well, I know everything will change.”
Japanese star Koumei Oda, who finished third on the Japan Golf Tour money list last season, is also looking forward to ignite the intercontinental rivalry with an assured performance.
“This is a very exciting event and I'm really looking forward to playing. We've played a practice round together and we had a team meeting so we know more about each other's games,” said Oda.
Tickets for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM are available for purchase via online and hotline. Golf fans can purchase tickets on www.ticketpro.com.my or call +603 7880 7999 for further details.
Tickets are priced as follow: Day 1 RM78, Day 2 RM78, Day 3 RM98 and Season Ticket RM158. Entry is free for children under the age of 16. Entry is free to all on March 26, Wednesday which is the pro-am day.
Each ticket will include a voucher for a free EurAsia Cup team cap. This can be redeemed on site at the EurAsia Cup at the Official Merchandise shop at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) will act as the local facilitator for the event.
Keep up to date with the EurAsia Cup at www.eurasiacup.com, www.facebook.com/eurasiacupgolf and @EurAsiaCupGolf.
Team Asia
Thongchai Jaidee (Captain, Thailand), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand), Gaganjeet Bhullar (India), Nicholas Fung (Malaysia), Kim Hyung-sung (Korea,) Anirban Lahiri (India), Prayad Marksaeng  (Thailand), Koumei Oda (Japan), Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh), Hideto Tanihara (Japan).
Team Europe
Miguel-Angel Jimenez (Captain, Spain), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Jamie Donaldson (Wales),
Victor Dubuisson (France), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Pablo Larrazabal (Spain), Joost Luiten (Netherlands), Graeme McDowell (N Ireland)
Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark).
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 57,000 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. Also, to provide 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. Last year (2013) PGM hosted 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, nine of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour.
The schedule for 2014 features 25 tournaments offering prize money of over RM5 million, twelve of which are again 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.
For further information, please log in to http://pgmtour.blogspot.com/
About the Asian Tour
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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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.
About The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.