Eurasia Cup 2014
August 9 2014 | Written by Administrator

EURO OPENING

The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak officiated the opening of the inaugural EurAsia Cup 2014 at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on the 27th of March 2014. "I am delighted to confirm that the next two editions of the EurAsia Cup will be played here in Malaysia, in 2016 and 2018. Our aim is to continue the fantastic growth the sport of golf has already seen in Asia. We have seen today why this game is so popular and therefore why I am standing here now making this statement. This event has the full support of the Malaysian government."

Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, DRB-HICOM

The inaugural EurAsia Cup represents a significant sponsorship achievement for DRB-HICOM as the golfing world prepares for an intercontinental battle between Asia and Europe at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club starting on Thursday. With the EurAsia Cup being regarded as the ideal platform to, propel DRBHICOM's profile onto the international stage, Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, DRB-HICOM, is delighted that the group's vision to support the match has now become a reality. "The discussion for the EurAsia Cup started a couple of years ago when we wanted to find a suitable date on the Asian Tour and European Tour schedule that can feature a match between Asia against Europe", said Razeek. "We were working hard on it and we finally got the prime minister to endorse it. It,is a great opportunity for us to have two continents pit their skills against each other. DRB-HICOM will go down in history as the first to host the EurAsia Cup at Glenmarie and that's an incredible premium to have". The EurAsia Cup is DRB-HICOM first foray into professional golf sponsorship and Razeek believes its involvement with the marquee event will steer the company towards a sponsorship path that will become the envy of many. "When you have the opportunity to go into more than 600 million viewers worldwide, it's an incredible opportunity to show off what we have and they include our automotive, real estate and financial services within our group", said Razeek.

EURASIA CUP - DAY 1 (FOUR BALLS ): Europe 5 - Asia 0

Thongchai Jaidee duly admitted Europe had been the better team on the first day of the EURASIA CUP after seeing his Asia team go down losing the fourballs 5-0. Jaidee and fellow compatriot Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat went down 2 and 1 to opposing team captain Miguel Angel Jiménez and Pablo Larrazábal and that set the tone for a session to be dominated by the Europeans. "I admit the European Team were very strong on the first day", said Jaidee. "Though we played well in the first match and with me scoring an 8-under par, but Miguel posed the challenge by playing an incredible 11-under. We will change our strategy the next day for a better performance by changing all players except for myself." Jiménez was quick to praise his players, but warned them against complacency in the Friday foursome. "You can't get any better than this really", said Jiménez. "A 100 per cent performance is very difficult to repeat. We won all the matches expecting the best of our team, the best from our players and ended with the best points you can ever attain - five nil, you can't do any better than that. "Normally when we play as a team, the competion is very close. We don't know what's going to happen the next day but we always expect the best from the players of our team."

EURASIA CUP - DAY 2 (FOURSOME): Europe 2 - Asia 3 (OVERALL : Europe 7 - Asia 3)

Asia dominated the Friday foursomes to reduce Europe's lead to four points in the inaugural EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM. At one stage it looked as if Thongchai Jaidee's side would have recreated the whitewash Miguel Angel Jiménez's European Team produced in the opening day fourballs, but by taking the session 3-2 Asia still kept their hopes alive before going into Saturday's ten singles matches. Despite Asia's spirited fightback, Europe remained on course for victory to take a 7-3 lead before the final day of the tournament. Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung beat Thomas Björn and Thorbjørn Olesen and Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman overcame Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson on the final green.

EURASIA CUP - DAY 3 (SINGLE) :Europe 3 - Asia 7 (OVERALL : Europe 10 - Asia 10)

The inaugural EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM finished in a 10-10 draw after a thrilling Asian fightback during the Saturday singles. For much of the final day Asia threatened to produce a victory to rival Europe's 'Miracle at Medinah' in the 2012 Ryder Cup. Thongchai Jaidee's side were whitewashed 5-0 in Thursday's fourballs and trailed 7-3 going into Saturday's ten singles matches, leaving Europe needing just three and a half points for victory. However, having seen a three-hole lead reduced to one, Joost Luiten held his nerve to hole from five feet to par the 18th and beat Japan's Koumei Oda to level the scores. That meant it all came down to Fernandez-Castaño and Tanihara the Spaniard missing a short par putt on the 15th to fall one down but getting back to all square with a stunning eagle on the 16th after,Tanihara had piled on the pressure with a birdie from 20 feet. Tanihara saved par from ten feet on the 17th to keep the match all square and with neither player really threatening a winning birdie. Europe's players held their breath as Fernandez-Castaño held his nerve.

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