Team Europe routed Team Asia 0-5 in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM at The Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. It wasn’t even close for the battle-tested European team led by Miguel Angel Jimenez as they use this new event to get ready for Team USA in the 2014 Ryder Cup later this year. The tournament designed to bring the Asian emerging golf market into a team competition, that will be played on the off years of the Ruder Cup.
The Malaysian Prime Minister kicked off the event with a moment of reflection for the passengers of missing Flight MH370. Team captains, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tongchi Jaidee joined the moment of silence on the first tee.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak led a minute of reflection ahead of the opening shots of the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Thursday morning.
Charlie Tingey, Senior Director, EurAsia Golf Ltd commented: “The EurAsia Cup has incorporated a number of actions showing support for those affected by the recent events related to flight MH370.
The largest winning margin for the day one Fourballs event was that of Gonzalo FDEZ Costano and Stephen Gallacher beating Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri 4 & 3. It all started on the first hole when Gonzo holed out a nine iron from 148 yards for an opening eagle. It never got any better.
Team Asia’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Gaganjeet Bhullar both had five birdies each on the day but neither player was able to come away with a team point.
The variance I see for this event is the captains are all playing. Captain Jimenez along with fellow Spaniard, Pablo Larrazabal beat Captain Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 & 1 in the first match of the day.
I predicted yesterday that this was going to be a blood-bath, but hey….you have to start somewhere. A large portion of this power-packed European lineup is what team USA can expect to see at Gleneagles in September. One of Paul McGinley’s co-captains, Des Smyth is playing this week in Malaysia, and you can bet he is looking at captains picks for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.