Kuala Lumpur, September 9: Arjun Atwal and Thomas Bjorn have been announced as captains of Team Asia and Team Europe respectively for the 2018 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, which tees off at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club next January 12-14.
The third staging of the biennial tournament, which was also staged at Glenmarie in 2014 and 2016, will see the two 12-man teams contest six fourball matches on Friday and six foursomes matches on Saturday, before 12 singles matches determine the winning team on Sunday. Europe romped to a comprehensive 18½-5½ win in the last edition in 2016, lifting the trophy outright for the first time after the inaugural event, featuring ten-man teams, ended in a 10-10 tie.
For Bjorn, it will be his first captaincy assignment since taking the helm of Continental Europe in the 2009 Seve Trophy and will provide perfect preparation for the Dane ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup in France in September.
“I was lucky enough to be a member of the European Team for the first EurAsia Cup in 2014 and I have seen the event grow and develop since then. We have some of the best golfers in the world in Europe and I am relishing the opportunity to work closely with them as individuals and as a team to try and ensure we keep the trophy in European hands,” said the Dane.
Atwal echoed Bjorn’s sentiments. “I am proud to captain Team Asia in this very special event. I expect to lead a strong and confident team against Europe so I’ll do my best to inspire Team Asia.
I am really looking forward to the event in January and hope that the Malaysian public will come out in full force to support Team Asia,” said the Indian star.
DRB-HICOM, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates involved in the automotive, services and property sectors, will again be a presenting partner of the tournament in 2018, as the company looks to continue making a significant mark in the world of golf.
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA – TEAM EUROPE
The European Team shall comprise the following European Tour members:-
(a) The leading ten available players from the final 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings.
(b) Team captain Thomas Bjorn will choose the remaining two players in the week commencing Monday 20 November.
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA – TEAM ASIA
The Asian Team shall comprise the following Asian Tour members:-
(a) Top four available players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit as at 27 November.
(b) Top four available players from the Official World Golf Rankings as at 27 November.
(c) Team captain Arjun Atwal will choose the remaining four players in the week commencing Monday 27 November.