McDowell primed for match-play contest in Malaysia

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell believes Europe’s players will start the EurAsia Cup with “all guns blazing” when the inaugural contest gets under way in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The European side captained by Miguel Angel Jimenez are odds-on favourites to beat Thongchai Jaidee’s Asian team in a contest overshadowed by a bitter dispute involving the family of the late Seve Ballesteros and the European and Asian Tours.

Ryder Cup hero McDowell - who sealed the winning point from the final singles match at Celtic Manor in 2010 - and Welshman Jamie Donaldson take on Kim Hyung-sung and local favourite Nicholas Fung in the final match.

GMAC said; “The European team is strong and the Asian team on paper does not look as good as Europe but they have the advantage out here with the climate and the golf course set-up. I think it’s going to be a really good weekend.

“Miguel’s great. You need his English translated sometimes it’s such a heavy Spanish brogue but a lot of fun. He is passionate he wants to win.

“The big key here is keeping the ball on the fairway, the Bermuda rough is very jumpy into firm and fast greens. With the pairings out it will start to get the juices flowing a little bit. There is always a lot of pride involved playing for your team. You want to win your match, let’s put it that way. You want to get ahead early in this format.”

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