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Big names in the mix for EurAsia Cup
Stephen Gallacher, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn and Joost Luiten have all successfully qualified to represent Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup.
The four players will join Graeme McDowell, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson as the eight qualifiers for the European team which is to be captained by Jimenez at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from March 27-29.
The Spaniard announced the second batch of four qualifiers, taken from Official World Golf Ranking, at The European Tour's Wentworth headquarters just hours after Gallacher's brilliant victory in the Dubai Desert Classic propelled the Scotsman into the world's top 40.
As quoted on Golf365 , Jimenez said: "I have a very nice team with the addition of these qualifiers. Thomas Bjorn has been playing very well for some time and particularly at the end of last year in winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge. He is right on form.
"Stephen Gallacher has just won in Dubai for the second year in a row at the Emirates so he is clearly hitting the ball very well. Then we have Joost Luiten, who beat me last year in Holland, and he is a very good player who is improving all the time. He is very consistent.
"And then there is me with half a century on my shoulders but I can still play some golf! I won at the end of last year in Hong Kong and I'm really looking forward to leading this side in the first EurAsia Cup.
"The combination of experience and the power of youth will work very well. Graeme McDowell, Thomas and I have plenty of experience from many Ryder Cups and playing all around the world for many years while the young guns bring power and fresh spirit. It's a great mixture for any team."