European EurAsia Cup team takes shape

Tue 24 Nov 2015

European EurAsia Cup team takes shape

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Shah Alam, Malaysia, November 24: European captain Darren Clarke today unveiled his ten automatic qualifiers to take on Asia in the second edition of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, with Race to Dubai runner up Danny Willett and Ryder Cup stars Victor Dubuisson and Ross Fisher included in the line-up.
World Number 20 Willett, who pushed Rory McIlroy to the wire in season-long Race to Dubai after two victories in the 2015 campaign, is one of five Englishman to qualify as the leading ten available players from the final 2015 Race to Dubai rankings.
The 28 year old is joined by Fisher, who has plenty of match play pedigree after representing Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup and playing in the Seve Trophy twice; alongside Dubuisson who was a revelation in his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles last year, notching 2 ½ points out of a possible three, after representing Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup earlier that year.
Joining them are two-time European Tour winner Chris Wood, who also featured in the Seve Trophy in 2009 and 2013; Andy Sullivan, a three-time winner in 2015 who pushed McIlroy all the way in last week’s DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, and 21 year old Matthew Fitzpatrick, who recorded ten top ten finishes in his rookie European Tour season, including a brilliant breakthrough win in the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
The quintet is join by Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who claimed the biggest win of his career to date with victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August; Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who captured his third European Tour title in July’s Alstom Open de France; four-time European Tour winner Søren Kjeldsen of Denmark, who lifted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation in May and who has featured in two Seve Trophy matches, and Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, who claimed his maiden European Tour title in the BMW Masters two weeks ago.
Clarke will add his two captain’s picks to the final line-up in two weeks’ time to compete against Jeev Milkha Singh’s Asia team at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, in Kuala Lumpur, from January 15-17, 2016.
The Northern Irishman said: “I am delighted with the make-up of the team. It may be a relatively young one, but it is extremely strong and packed with experience. All the players have tasted success and are very talented so there is every reason to go to Kuala Lumpur with confidence.
“The EurAsia Cup also offers many of our players the opportunity to enhance their prospects of making next September’s Ryder Cup team. It’s also a good chance for me to see how comfortable they are with and in a team environment.
“Team Europe have always had a very strong team ethos and I will expect nothing less this time. We know the strength of the Asian side and the difficulty of the task facing us, but I also know our team will be up to the challenge.”
Clarke’s team will attempt to win the EurAsia Cup for the first time after the inaugural contest, also played at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in March 2014, ended in a thrilling 10-10 draw. With the teams increased from ten players to 12, the second edition will now feature 24 matches rather than 20, with day one consisting of six fourball matches, followed by six foursomes matches on day two and 12 singles matches on the final day.
The winning team will share prize money of US$3.6 million while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million.
Europe’s opposition in Malaysia will be finalised next month, with Singh’s team formed from the leading four available Asian players from the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit as of December 14, the leading four eligible and available Asian players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of December 14, and four captain’s picks.
About DRB-HICOM
DRB-HICOM Berhad is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive and Defence; Services; and Property, Asset & Construction sectors. With more than 90 active companies in its stable and over 60,000 employees group-wide, DRB-HICOM’s aim is to continue adding value and propelling the nation’s development. In the Automotive and Defence sector, DRB-HICOM is involved in the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles, including composites component supply for aircrafts. 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.
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 as well as to conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and hone the skills of professional golfers in Malaysia.  Our ultimate goal is to produce good Malaysian Professional Golfers in time for the Olympics in 2016 and to see Malaysians in the world ranking list. The PGM Tour 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. For further information, please log in to http://pgmtour.com.my
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. 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 2015, will feature a minimum of 48 tournaments spread across five continents; 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.