Captains named for inaugural EurAsia Cup

Thai superstar Thongchai Jaidee and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez have been named captains for their respective continents for the inaugural EurAsia Cup matches in Malaysia next March. 

The popular duo will lead Asia and Europe in a battle over three days of Ryder Cup-styled matchplay golf at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from March 27 -29.

Miguel Angel Jiménez Miguel Angel Jiménez

“I am honoured and delighted to be asked to captain Team Asia,” Jaidee said. “Week in, week out, we compete as individuals, but the EurAsia Cup gives us a different way to play the sport.”

“I am a huge fan of The Ryder Cup, but being Asian, I will never get to play in it.”

“The EurAsia Cup will offer the chance for the best Asian and European players to come together, and I am looking forward to leading a determined group that will do their very best for team honour and pride.”

Team Europe captain Jiménez brings decades of team experience to the fore, having participated in four Ryder Cups, including victories in 2004 at The Belfry and 2010 at Celtic Manor.

“The EurAsia Cup is a very exciting event indeed and I can’t wait to get to Malaysia for the tournament,” he said.

“We have Europe playing the USA at The Ryder Cup, and it is great to now have a fully sanctioned, official competition for the Europeans to play against the best from Asia.  With so many world-class players now emerging from the Asian Tour, it is sure to be a close contest.”

Sanctioned by The European Tour and the Asian Tour, The EurAsia Cup will pit ten of the finest golfers from Asia against ten stars of Europe over three days, which officials predict will herald the start of a new and exciting rivalry between the two powerhouse continents.

Thongchai’s Team Asia will include 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, the playing captain and two captain’s picks.

Europe, on the other hand, will select the leading four available players from the final 2013 Race to Dubai, the leading four available players from the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday, February 3, 2014, the playing captain and one captain’s pick by Jiménez.

The four automatic qualifiers who have already committed for the Europeans are 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.