New Ryder Cup-Style Tournament EurAsia Cup To Challenge Existing OneAsia Event
A new Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the best players in Europe and Asia "is bound to antagonise Chinese officials who back a similar event," according to Noel Prentice of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The EurAsia Cup, a biennial team competition in Malaysia starting next March 28-30, "will be in direct conflict with the established Royal Trophy, which will be played in Guangzhou for the first time in December." The new event "will spark another round in the turf war for golf in the region as the Royal Trophy is co-sanctioned by rival OneAsia, which is backed by the China Golf Association." One insider said, "China will see this as a confrontational move." The seventh edition of the Royal Trophy "will be held at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou" from Dec. 20-22 (SCMP, 8/27).