Anybody who reads my blogs on a regular basis knows I love Match Play Golf, especially team Match Play Golf. Team America uses it’s off-season from The Ryder Cup to beat up on the International Team , now Team Europe has an opponent to practice on in Asia. Hence the first EurAsia Cup, and it gets underway on Thursday from all places, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
From the looks of the lineups, it should be a European landslide, but hey, you have to start somewhere to build International competition if we ever hope to have more match play events. With Asia being the largest current emerging golf market, I think it was a no-brainer to hold this event somewhere in the Pacific Rim. Players qualify for this event just as they do for the Ryder Cup.
Ranked at 14 in Official World Golf Rankings, Graeme McDowell is the highest ranked player in the field. McDowell is a Ryder Cup veteran who should be able to lead a very good Team Europe into action at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.
“That’s why a tournament like this, the EurAsia Cup, to me is something that’s very, very important for both The European Tour and the Asian Tour. Asia is the main area of growth for the game of golf in the world, so it’s a natural place for The European Tour.
“Team golf is very different from what we are used to as individuals because you’re playing for each other. You just don’t want to let your team mates down and there is a lot of extra pressure from that, but it’s also one of the main reasons why European Teams have been so successful.”
Although Team Asia has some really good players, they should be over matched by a who’s who on the European team. The one factor that equalizes these teams is its lack of team match play competition.
Team Europe Captain Miguel Angel Jimenez
Gonzalo FDEZ Costano
Team Asia Captain Tongchai Jaidee
You can watch the EurAsia Cup on the Golf Channel starting at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
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