EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM - What the players said

Mon 26 Aug 2013

EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM - What the players said

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FRANCESCO MOLINARI (Italy), 3-time European Tour winner, Ryder Cup member.
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 big challenges for us.
The Asians are getting stronger and 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.
The matchplay is something different from our usual routine throughout the season so it would be fun to be able to share the emotions throughout the tournament week with your teammates. It’s fun and different to play in doubles. It’s always a great week when you play within a team and I’m sure it will be the same for the EurAsia Cup.
It doesn’t matter if the tournament is new or old. It’s easy to play in a team and try to do well for each other. We don’t get much of these chances in our career. If you qualify for an event like that, you usually get very excited and looking forward to playing it.
JEEV MILKHA SINGH (India), 2-time Asian Tour No. 1, 6-time Asian Tour champion, 8 other worldwide wins
I think it’s a fantastic concept. It’s the first of its kind. Both tours have been there for years and I’ve played on both tours for years as well. It’s a fantastic mix of things and I think with two tours coming together and going heads on, it’s really good for the game. It’s going to give a lot of boost to the game and it will make the sponsors happy. Hopefully I can represent Asia and play against the European boys. I hope the game gets the boost in Asia and we will have more tournaments.
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.
We play together week in week out for ourselves but when you play in a team event, you are playing for the entire region. That’s when the difference comes in. Otherwise it’s just an individual sport.
In a team event, you have the responsibility to represent the region and you will feel that you’ve played on the tour for years and you had to justify by playing well. That’s when you tell yourself that you’ve to do well and people will come out to cheer you on. Your teammates will be there to cheer you on at the 18th hole as well! That’s the excitement.
Although there will be a lot of pressure, that is what you play golf for. If you play for the Asian Tour, it doesn’t really matter if you’re an Asian or not. You pull for either side in that. It’s great to be in an environment like that. That’s when the team spirit comes in. 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!
PAUL LAWRIE (Scotland), 8-time European Tour champion, Ryder Cup member.
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.
It’s important to have a matchplay event on Tour, just like the Ryder Cup that we’ve got. I’m sure the EurAsia Cup will be another great event for us. It makes our relations with the Asian market better as well.
It’s exciting and a little bit different for us too. You got the people out there that you want to do well for. The captain is going to get supported by all the players. It’s a 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.
THONGCHAI JAIDEE (Thailand), 3-time Asian Tour no. 1, 13 Asian Tour wins, 1 win on European soil.
I think it’s a great tournament for Asian players. It helps to promote golf in Asia as well. It’s like the Ryder Cup. It’s good that the European players are coming to play in Asia. The Asian fans get a chance to watch them as well.
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 generations of Asian players playing in the event. I think it will help them to gain experiences and improve their game if they can play.
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 as well. This event is going to be an important one for Asian players.
We have a lot of upcoming players from Japan, Korea and Thailand who are playing really well. I’m looking forward to the tournament and I think it’s going to be an exciting one.
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