The 3rd edition of the Cup saw Team Europe clinching the title by 14-10 points on Day 3 yesterday, signifying a perfect tournament to showcase golfing talents to the world
By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM
Asia is fast rising to become a hotspot for golf tournaments in the global sports calendar, as demonstrated by the worldwide attention on the EurAsia Cup 2018 concluded yesterday.
The third edition of EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-Hicom Bhd proved how the sport is getting traction not only among golf enthusiasts and pundits, but also general sport fans.
Since its debut in 2014, the EurAsia Cup has become an international event with television coverage reaching 460 million homes worldwide.
The fourth edition of EurAsia Cup, to be held in Europe in 2020, is expected to increase the tournament’s stature further.
For the third time in a row, Malaysia hosted the intercontinental golf tournament at the traditional venue, Glenmarie Golf and Country Club (GGCC) in Selangor.
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM), in partnership with the European Tour and the Asian Tour, organised the biennial Ryder Cup-style tournament to pitch golf professionals from Asia against their European peers.
The EurAsia Cup, dubbed the “Thrilling Duel in the Sun Beckons”, proved to be a bit more difficult for Team Europe, which began the final day trailing Team Asia by one point.
It was Belgium’s Thomas Pieters who earned the winning point for Team Europe, which clinched the title by 14-10 points.
The 12 members from the European camp, captained by 15-time European Tour winner Thomas Bjorn, proved that anything can happen on the greens as they made a strong comeback on Day 3 to claim victory of the EurAsia Cup 2018.
Team Asia, captained by the first Indian golfer to win on the US PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) Tour at the 2010 Wyndham Championship, Arjun Atwal, put up a good fight against their much experienced European rivals.
China’s Li Haotong and Yuta Ikeda of Japan defeated Paul Dunne and Ross Fisher in the final two matches.
The biennial golf tournament saw Team Asia losing to Team Europe in the 2016 edition, with a five-and-a-half to 18-and- a-half defeat respectively.
In 2014, the first EurAsia Cup edition saw the Asian team fighting back on the final day to earn a 10-10 draw, which was dubbed the “Glenmarie Miracle”.
For Team Europe captain Bjorn, the EurAsia Cup 2018 could provide a glimpse of their strength and on how well they will perform in the Ryder Cup 2018 to be held in September.
For Team Asia, the EurAsia Cup remains a perfect tournament to showcase Asian golfing talents to the world.