EurAsia Cup Captains Announced
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/2/13

It may not be the Ryder Cup, but that is one cool golf ball logo.

Earlier today, the EurAsia Cup gained its first high-profile press coverage with the announcement of the two captains: Veteran Ryder Cup player Miguel Ángel Jiménez of Spain and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand.

The EurAsia Cup is intended to mirror the Ryder Cup's format of match play over three days, but with 10-player teams. The inaugural event is scheduled for March 27-29, 2014 at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In an interview earlier today, Jiménez talked up the event with Reuters reporter Stefanie McIntyre:
"I think this event is going to have a big future. Asia has a lot of talent. Golf is growing so much around the world now and particularly in Asia. I think we are going to see some very interesting matches.

"The Ryder Cup is such a magnificent event. This is about to follow the same criteria."
As the playing captain of Team Asia, Jaidee has a certain "home ice advantage" and local knowledge. The Thai has 13 victories around the Asian Tour (second-most in tour history) and has some "star power" that the event will badly need in order to have a successful launch.

Also helping to provide some star power is Graeme McDowell, who has pledged to play for Team Europe. Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Victor Dubuisson of France, and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain are also slated to play. Aside from Jaidee, Asian Tour chairman Kyi Hla Han told reporters that China's Liang Wengchong hopes to qualify for Team Asia.

Undoubtedly, it will take time for this event to gain traction in the eyes of golf fans, much as the Presidents Cup has yet to achieve the perceived importance of the Ryder Cup. But with golf's popularity exploding in the Pacific Rim, this writer refuses to criticize the event.

However, a women's version of this event (opposite the Solheim Cup) might turn out to be a bigger draw and provide more drama.

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
So the Asian players will need to choose between playing in the EurAsia Cup and the President's Cup? Or will the events be held at different times?
Torleif Sorenson says:
The first EurAsia Cup will be held in March; organizers have not yet said when (or where) the 2016 event will take place. But you make an excellent point; two international match play events within weeks of each other does not seem workable.
falcon50driver says:
Quote " a women's version of this event (opposite the Solheim Cup) might turn out to be a bigger draw and provide more drama."
Hmmmmm yeah probably
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