March 20: Black Mountain sponsored player Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand has issued a battle cry to Team Asia ahead of the inaugural showdown with Team Europe at next week’s EurAsia Cup represented by DRB-HICOM.
The Thai, who will captain Team Asia at the Ryder Cup style event, wants to show the world that Asia truly belongs on the world stage with a top class performance in Malaysia.
“It is important for my players to know that we are competing as a team, one for all and all for one,” said Thongchai.
“We are representing Team Asia and there is no greater honour. Now that we are in the team, we are all fighting for our pride and honour and it is important for Asia to show the golfing world that we belong on the world stage by producing our best golf and win the EurAsia Cup,” added Thongchai.
The 44-year-old will decide on the combinations when he meets up with the other nine members of his team in Malaysia next week.
An option will be to pair by nationalities as Thongchai’s countrymen Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prayad Marksaeng are also in the squad while Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri of India and the Japanese pair Hideto Tanihara and Koumei Oda provide the tactical possibilities as well
As for his own personal form, Thongchai believes he is in his best form heading into the tournament.
The Thai finished a highly credible ninth in the Race to Dubai last season and is happy with his current form which includes a tied sixth outing at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last month.
“I’m satisfied with my game at the moment and how I’ve progressed at the start of 2014. I’m swinging the club nicely but would like for more putts to drop. I enjoyed a great year in 2013 finishing on a high in Dubai so I feel confident.”