Exciting times lie ahead for Thailand’s and Thongchai Jaidee.
The Black Mountain sponsored player will captain Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia next month. At a recent press conference, the decorated Thai star, who is a 13-time Asian Tour winner, was delighted to reveal four players who will form part of the powerful Asian line-up.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday.
A day after the announcement, Thongchai also paid a courtesy visit to the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Here’s what Thongchai has to say about meeting Datuk Seri Najib and his team selection of Japanese stars Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara, Kim Hyung-sung of Korea and his captain’s pick, Nicholas Fung of Malaysia.
By Thongchai Jaidee
“Kim has emerged as one of Korea’s rising stars in recent years and enjoyed a fantastic season in Japan with one victory and multiple top-10s to finish second on the money list in 2013. Oda also produced one of his best ever seasons by placing third on the money rankings with one victory and eight top-10s and I’m delighted to have them in my team along with Tanihara, who is a 10-time winner in Japan.
I am also happy to announce Nicholas as one of my captain’s picks. As Malaysia’s leading player over the past couple of years, I felt that we needed to have the top local player in Team Asia to carry our challenge.
Nicholas has become a strong golfer and I was pleased to see him winning the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit title in 2013 and also earn his full Asian Tour card by finishing 36th on the Order of Merit through two very strong performances in the Indonesia Open and Resorts World Manila Masters at the end of last season.
It was a real honour to meet the Malaysian Prime Minister. He is very supportive of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM and a keen golfer as well.”