Shah Alam, February 27: Thai star Prayad Marksaeng, a two-time winner on the 2013 Asian Tour season, has been named as the second captain’s pick by Thongchai Jaidee to represent Team Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.
The evergreen Prayad received the nod for the final slot in Team Asia, which will face the Miguel Angel Jimenez-led Team Europe in the Ryder Cup style showdown at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club from March 27-29.
The 48-year-old Thai produced some of his finest golf when he claimed a memorable Royal double by winning the Queen’s Cup and King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin on home soil, which helped him finish seventh on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“I am thankful that Thongchai has placed his confidence in me as his captain’s pick. I hope to produce my best golf for Team Asia as I believe it will be very important for us to try to beat Team Europe in the first edition of the EurAsia Cup. As professional golfers, we do not get too many opportunities to represent our nation or continent in a team event, so to receive the call from Thongchai to play for Team Asia is truly an honour for me. I believe we have a very strong Asian team and I will fight hard for the team’s pride as we attempt to win the first EurAsia Cup,” said Prayad.
Thongchai believes that Prayad’s presence will add immense value to the team due to his highly successful career which includes eight victories on the Asian Tour and three on the Japan Golf Tour. “I am happy to include Prayad as I think he will bring a lot into the team. He is one of the most successful golfers on the Asian Tour and he showed that to us by winning twice last season, including last month’s King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin. With the match play format in the EurAsia Cup, I also thought that Prayad’s vast experience in the game and composure will be vital elements that will help our team’s cause. I am confident he will deliver the points for us,” said Thongchai.
Led by playing captain Thongchai, Team Asia will be represented by the leading four Asian players on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit i.e. Asian Tour number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman, India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, while Korea’s Kim Hyung-sung and the Japanese duo of Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara earned their places through the Official World Golf Ranking. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung was named earlier this month as the first captain’s pick, followed by Prayad.
Spanish great Jimenez is the playing captain for Team Europe which will include Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, France’s Victor Dubuisson who finished runner-up in the recent WGC-Accenture Match Play, Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, Dutchman Joost Luiten and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher. Jimenez’s captain’s picks are countryman Pablo Larrazabal and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.