05 January 2018
Team Europe for Eurasia Cup Unveiled
The European team captain for the Eurasia Cup, Thomas Bjørn, announced the team members that will play at next year’s EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia. The team will consist of 12 European Tour winners, incorporating the 2016 Open Champion and six Ryder Cup players.
The European Team will tackle Asia in the third staging of the biennial contest, which will once again take place at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from January 12-14, 2018. Europe will be looking to retain the trophy they won in convincing fashion by 18 ½ - 5 ½ in 2016, but will face a strong Asian team on home soil captained, for the first time, by India’s Arjun Atwal.
Leading the ten automatic qualifiers from the 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings is Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who finished European No. 1 after a thrilling end to the season at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Joining Fleetwood as automatic qualifiers are his fellow Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, Ireland’s Paul Dunne, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, and the Swedish duo of Alex Noren and Henrik Stenson. Completing the European Team are the two wildcard selections named by Captain Bjørn, Englishman Paul Casey and Alex Levy of France.
“The interest from the players has been very strong and you can see that from the fact that the ten automatic qualifiers come from within the top 20 of the final Race to Dubai Rankings. That is a good indication of what the EurAsia Cup is becoming, and I think European golf is in a great place right now,” said Captain Bjørn, who played in the inaugural EurAsia Cup match in 2014 which ended in a 10-10 tie.
“I’m very encouraged by the make-up of the team and we are strong from one through to 12. I have some great experience in terms of six players who have experienced Ryder Cups, as well as the 2016 Open Champion in Henrik. But I also have some exciting young talent led by Tommy and Tyrrell.”