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New Europe v Asia Event Announced
The top golfers in Europe will take on Asia in a new matchplay tournament, aptly named the EurAsia Cup, starting from next year.
The inaugural EurAsia Cup will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia on 28-30 March 2014, utilising a format similar to the Ryder Cup.
Europe’s 10-man team will consist of the Race to Dubai 2013 top four, as well as the top four available from the World Rankings and two captain picks. The captain will be selected by the European Tour at a later date.
The Asian team will include the top four players from the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, with the leading three players invited on the basis of their World Ranking, as well as three captain picks.
It is widely expected that Hideki Matsuyama, 21, will be the star of the Asia team with three top 20 finishes in major events this year.
It will become the third matchplay event involving Europe after the Ryder Cup and the biennial Seve Trophy, which began in 2000 and is contested between teams from Great Britain and Ireland, and Continental Europe.
The EurAsia Cup will be an early part of the European Tour 2014 schedule, and is one of two new events announced.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge, which is to be held in South Africa from 5-8 December 2013, will now feature a 30-player field instead of the usual 12 players.