Team Asia hopeful of comeback

Thu 27 Mar 2014

Team Asia hopeful of comeback

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Kuala Lumpur, March 27: Captain Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand remains hopeful of staging a comeback in day two when Team Asia resumes battle with Europe in the foursomes matches at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Friday.
Team Asia suffered a 5-0 defeat by Europe who stamped their authority in the opening fourballs format at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Garden course.
Thongchai admitted that Team Europe were in a class of their own but the three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner believes his team can still surmount a challenge in the Ryder Cup-style showdown.
“The European team is more experienced than us and they played really well. They made lots of birdies and eagles and their putting was unbelievable,” said Thongchai.
“However, we will work really hard tomorrow. I’ve made some changes to the pairings and have told my team to believe in themselves. Hopefully we can pull this off together,” said Thongchai.
Reigning Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand believes all is still not lost and that the team can still rally back with those much-needed points in the foursomes matches.
“We were planning to get the points really fast tomorrow and that will come down to the first three groups. We need to win these matches early to ease the pressure and bring ourselves back into contention,” said Kiradech.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, who was outplayed by Spain’s Gonzalo Fdez-castano and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, conceded that it was the lack of Match Play experience that led to their drubbing by Team Europe.
“I think we are still in a state of shock. We’ll be up for a while tonight, thinking what went wrong. We didn't take our opportunities which basically come when you're mentally sharp and I think that's something that comes with experience,” said Lahiri.
However, the three-time Asian Tour winner is looking forward to salvage some measure of continental pride when they go head-to-head with their European rivals on Friday.
“I guess we have our backs to the wall and there's only one way we can move from here.  We have to hope that the Europeans get a little complacent from the start and we play our best over the next two days, especially tomorrow where we try and win at least four of the matches or 3 1/2 points.  That will give us a fighting chance on Saturday,” said the Indian.
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.
For media enquiries, please contact the Asian Tour’s media team at the EurAsia Cup media centre, +60 3 5569 0860
Ends.
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.
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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.