European, Asian Team Captains Say EurAsia Event Could Rival Ryder Cup
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, Malaysia next year, according to Stefanie McIntyre of REUTERS. Europe and Asia "will clash over three days at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club from March 27-29." Jimenez, a Spaniard, said, "I think this event is going to have a big future. 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." European Tour Int'l Policy Deputy Dir Ben Cowen said that "his organization had high hopes for the biennial tournament." He said, "The Ryder Cup started back in 1927 so that's taken a long time to get to the position it's in now as the leading golf team event in the world. We hope the EurAsia Cup in the future will get half as big as the Ryder Cup if not as big but there's a long way to go on that" (REUTERS, 12/2).