Inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia
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THONGCHAI SELECTS PRAYAD AS HIS FINAL CAPTAIN’S PICK
FOR EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM
Shah Alam, Malaysia, 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 the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from .
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 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit in 2013.
“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,” said Prayad.
“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.”
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,” said Thongchai.
“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.”
Asia will be represented by Asian Tour number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who all finished as the leading four Asian players on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Korea’s Kim Hyung-sung and Japanese duo Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara earned their places through the Official World Golf Ranking while Nicholas Fung of Malaysia was named earlier as a captain’s pick, followed by Prayad and playing captain Thongchai.
Spanish great Jimenez is the playing captain for Team Europe which will include Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Frenchman 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 Scotsman Stephen Gallacher. Jimenez’s captain’s picks are countrymen 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 (, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two ( , Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day ( , Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.
The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) will act as the local facilitator for the event.
About DRB-HICOM Berhad
DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive; Services; and Property, Asset & Construction sectors. With more than 80 active companies in its stable and over 57,000 employees group-wide, DRB-HICOM’s aim is to continue adding value and propelling the nation’s development. In the Automotive sector, DRB-HICOM is involved in the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles, including the national motorcycle. In Services, DRB-HICOM is involved in various businesses, including concession and financial-related services. In Property, Asset & Construction, DRB-HICOM is involved in residential and commercial developments. Visit www.drb-hicom.com
About Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered on 5th August 2010 in Malaysia. As a non-profit organisation, PGM’s objectives are to promote the sport of golf and to contribute towards its enjoyment and growth. To conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and skills of professional golfers, as well as to promote and/or conduct a golf Tour or events as a means to hone their skills and to elevate the standards of the professional golfers in Malaysia. PGM provides a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to enable them to focus on playing while PGM shoulders the responsibility of arranging and financing these tournaments. To achieve these objectives, PGM organises a series of golf tournaments on an annual basis. For the year 2012, PGM hosted 20 tournaments offering RM3 million in prize money, seven of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour. The schedule for 2013 features 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, 10 of which are co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour. The expansion of the Tour on an annual basis and the increased prize money is an indicator of its vibrant growth year-on-year.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
About The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.