EurAsia Cup unveiled: Asia to take on Europe in new matchplay team event

Asia will take on Europe in a new matchplay team event, The EurAsia Cup, at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club next March 28-30 with DRB-HICOM Berhad unveiled as the Presenting Partner.

EurAsia CupSanctioned by the Asian Tour and The European Tour, The EurAsia Cup will be held biennially and pits 10-man teams from Asia and Europe against each other over three days of matchplay with total prizemoney of US$4 million. The first day will feature five foursomes matches, followed by five fourball matches on day two and concluding with 10 singles on the final day at Glenmarie’s Garden course.

Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) has been appointed by the Malaysian government as the local coordinator of event.

The Asian team will consist of the leading four available Asian players from the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, the leading three available Asian players invited on the basis of their Official World Golf Ranking and three captain’s picks. Europe will select the leading four available players from the final Race to Dubai rankings at the conclusion of the 2013 season, the leading four available players from the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday, February 3, 2014 and two captain’s picks. The respective team captains have yet to be announced.

PGM Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said: “The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will showcase world-class golf at its best as both continents will be represented by 10 of its finest players competing in a three-day event which will produce great drama, excitement and passion.

“Malaysia will benefit greatly from hosting The EurAsia Cup.  The event will be broadcast ‘live’ to a licensed TV platform of over 670 million homes around the world.  Furthermore, the staging of a world-class event will reinforce Malaysia’s capabilities to host a sporting mega-event placing our great nation firmly on the global sporting calendar.

Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, chief operating officer, services and properties, DRB-HICOM Berhad, said: “Our involvement as the Presenting Partner as well as host venue is in support of the Government’s initiative to continue promoting Malaysia as a global sporting destination.  We believe that The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will reinforce Malaysia’s ability to stage world-class sporting events and will also be another opportunity to promote Malaysia, as well as showcase and promote our world-class automotive brands, properties and services to the world.”

Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “The launch of The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is an exciting new milestone for the Asian Tour and our partners, The European Tour. It will be a fantastic event showcasing world-class golf at the highest standard as matchplay competitions always bring out great excitement and drama for golf fans and television viewers.

“On behalf of our players, I would like to express our fullest appreciation to the Government of Malaysia for its outstanding support towards The EurAsia Cup which will significantly promote this beautiful country as a premier golfing and tourism destination to the world via the extensive television broadcasts. The Asian Tour would also like to acknowledge the immense contribution from Tun Ahmad Sarji who has played a pivotal role in making The EurAsia Cup a reality for both the Asian Tour and The European Tour.”

Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, said: “We are delighted to announce the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM as part of our initial sector of The 2014 European Tour International Schedule, and we are all excited by the prospect of this matchplay event between Europe and Asia.

“Our thanks go to DRB-HICOM, Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)  and  the Malaysian government for supporting this event, which extends The European Tour’s already strong partnership with the Asian Tour that dates back to 1999 when Malaysia staged the first co-sanctioned event between the two Tours.”

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