Graeme McDowell, the first of four automatic qualifiers, will be among the biggest names starring for Team Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup.
McDowell will be joined in Malaysia by Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, all four securing their places on the team thanks to their final position in The 2013 Race to Dubai.
Having claimed the winning point at The 2010 Ryder Cup and as the current Volvo World Match Play champion, McDowell knows a thing or two about the pressures of team golf and the unique nature of match play.
The 2010 US Open Champion will be a huge presence both inside and outside the ropes for Euro team captain Miguel Angel Jiménez, and he is relishing the chance to contribute to more European success.
“I am really looking forward to playing the EurAsia Cup,” said McDowell, who finished the 2013 season fourth in The Race to Dubai.
“It’s a great concept to bring Asia and Europe together and I think it has a lot of potential to become a very big event. Everyone knows the standards in Asian golf are continually rising and I have no doubt it will be a tough job to go away from home and win.
“But if we gel as a team and get the pairings right then we will have a chance because there will be a lot of quality and experienced players in the European Team and I am sure a few of them will be looking to sharpen their match play skills with an eye on The Ryder Cup next year.”
Sanctioned by The European Tour and the Asian Tour, The EurAsia Cup will pit ten of the finest golfers from Asia against ten stars of Europe over three days of Ryder Cup-styled matchplay golf at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from March 27-29, 2014.
Thongchai Jaidee’s Team Asia will include the leading four available Asian players from the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, the leading three available Asian players invited on the basis of their Official World Golf Ranking, the playing captain and two captain’s picks.
Europe, on the other hand, will select the leading four available players from the final 2013 Race to Dubai, the leading four available players from the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday, February 3, 2014, the playing captain and one captain’s pick by Jiménez