The second edition of the EurAsia Cup will be held from January 15-17, 2016, with golfing greats Jeev Milkha Singh and Darren Clarke confirmed as captains of Asia and Europe respectively. DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) will return as Presenting Partner.
Following an enthralling 10-10 draw at the inaugural edition in 2014, DRB-HICOM, one of the largest conglomerates in Malaysia involved in the automotive; services and property, asset and construction sectors, will once again support the Ryder Cup-styled showdown at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
The Asian Tour and European Tour, along with the event’s local coordinator Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM), announced that the second edition of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will also feature several changes to the team and qualifying criteria to create greater excitement for golf fans and global television viewers.
With Singh, a former two-time Asian Tour number one from India, and UIsterman Clarke, who is also Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain and a Major champion, helming the teams, the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will have two of golf’s most respected men leading Asia and Europe from the front.
PGM Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said: “We are delighted to welcome DRB-HICOM back as our Presenting Partner of the EurAsia Cup as sponsorship plays an important role towards the success of any sporting event.
“The first EurAsia Cup showdown delivered a great spectacle of matchplay golf which included drama, passion and excitement and I’m sure we will witness another closely-fought contest in January.
“Over the years, Malaysia has built a reputation for itself as being a wonderful host to a myriad of world-class sporting events and the EurAsia Cup will add to our sporting legacy. As the local coordinator appointed by the Government of Malaysia, the PGM looks forward to working closely with DRB-HICOM, Asian Tour and European Tour to ensure another successful tournament.”
Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, Services and Properties, DRB-HICOM, expressed his delight with the opportunity to associate itself with a premier team golf event.
“We are proud to be associated with the EurAsia Cup, which certainly captured the imagination of golf fans and television viewers in 2014 following its dramatic and thrilling conclusion. I am convinced Team Asia and Team Europe will battle hard in their bid to excel in 2016.
“This event also reinforces our nation’s stature as a top destination for sports and tourism while we will also enjoy the opportunity to promote our world-class automotive brands, properties and services through the global television platform which the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will enjoy.”
Changes to the 2016 EurAsia Cup format will, like The Ryder Cup, see the team captains assume non-playing roles, with each team now represented by 12 players, an increase of two from the first edition. The first day’s play on January 15, Friday will include six Fourball matches, followed by six Foursomes matches on January 16, Saturday and 12 Singles matches on January 17, Sunday at Glenmarie’s Garden course.
Team Asia will be selected as follows: the leading four available Asian players from the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit as of December 14, the leading four eligible and available Asian players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of December 14, and four captain’s picks.
Team Europe will be selected as follows: the leading 10 available players from the final 2015 Race to Dubai rankings plus two captain’s picks.
The winning team will share prize money of US$3.6 million while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million.