Wow - another Europe verses Asia clash
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2014 EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM | Preview | 26 Mar 2014
Just four months after a similar event was staged between Europe and Asia, the inaugural Eurasia Cup will be played this week at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.
It seems a little ridiculous to have two essentially Presidents or Ryder Cup style events between Europe and Asia within such a short time frame especially when neither side contains the best their respective regions has to offer but the battle between the rivalling factions of Asian golf seems to know no bounds.
In December, the Royal Trophy, officially sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and the China Golf Association along with support from the OneAsia Tour, was played between Europe and Asia with the Jose Maria Olazabal led Europeans scrapping home in a cliff-hanger.
That event will again be played in China in December but in the meantime the Eurasia Cup has been created by both the Asian and European Tours.
The Eurasia Cup will field ten players per side, the Europeans captained by Miguel Angel Jimenez, the Asians by Thongchai Jaidee.
The event consists of Fourball matches on day one, Foursomes on day two and Singles on day three (Saturday).
Graeme McDowell heads the event in terms of world ranking and while the European side contains non of its superstars it is a strong well balanced side which the Asians might find too tough. Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald are all noticeable by their absence from the European side but given the event’s proximity to the first major of the year it is perhaps understandable.
Jamie Donaldson (Wales), Victor Dubuisson (France), Gonzalo Fernandez Castano (Spain), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Joost Luiten (The Netherlands), Pablo Larrazabal (Spain), and Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) make up the balance of the European team.
The Asian side is 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) and Hideto Tanihara (Japan).
On paper the result should go the way of the Europeans but on home ground in a hot and steamy Glen Marie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur the Asians might just box above their weight.