EurAsia event could rival Ryder Cup, say captains

Mon Dec 2, 2013 9:17am EST
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By Stefanie McIntyre

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Rival captains Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee have predicted big things for the new Ryder Cup-style EurAsia Cup to be held near Kuala Lumpur next year.

Europe and Asia will clash over three days at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from March 27-29.

"I think this event is going to have a big future," Spaniard Jimenez told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

"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," said Jimenez of the biennial competition between Europe and the United States. "This is about to follow the same criteria."

Thongchai, three times a winner of the Asian Tour's order of merit, echoed the views of his opposing skipper.

"I think in the future this EurAsia Cup is going to be pretty close to the Ryder Cup," the experienced Thai golfer told Reuters. "This is going to be a key competition for a long time."

Ben Cowen, deputy director of the European Tour's international policy, also said his organization had high hopes for the biennial tournament.   Continued...

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (L) and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez pose after they have been selected as playing captains for Team Asia and Team Europe for the inaugural EurAsia Cup, at a news conference in Hong Kong December 2, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip