Jeev to captain Asia

Seasoned Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh will captain the Asian team against a Darren Clarke-led Europe in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Kuala Lumpur from January 15-17 next year.

“It’s an honour to be offered the EurAsia Cup captaincy and I am very excited by the prospect of leading what I hope will be a very strong Asian team,” Jeev said.   -  REUTERS

“We have known each other a very, very long time. We have played together on Tour for most of our careers, so we have played together for a very long time," Clarke said.   -  AP

Seasoned Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh will captain the Asian team against a Darren Clarke-led Europe in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Kuala Lumpur from January 15-17 next year. Clarke and Singh have been friends for as long as they can remember, and they are relishing the opportunity to lead their continents to what would be a historic first victory at the EurAsia Cup, after an unforgettable 10-10 draw at the event’s inaugural staging in 2014.

As they got together to help announce the January date and return to DRB-HICOM’s Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the second staging of the EurAsia Cup, where Clarke and Singh will be non-playing captains of 12-man teams, the pair quickly set the tone for what will be an intriguing rivalry. “It’s an honour to be offered the EurAsia Cup captaincy and I am very excited by the prospect of leading what I hope will be a very strong Asian team. It is a special event – I remember watching it two years ago and it was so exciting,” Jeev said. “I think it’s going to be great for Asia and Europe. Golf is now a global sport so it’s going to be a fantastic competition. I’m looking forward to going up against Darren – I’m going to have a lot of fun with him,” he added. Clarke is equally excited about the tournament.

“We have known each other a very, very long time. We have played together on Tour for most of our careers, so we have played together for a very long time. “Both teams that are assembled will be desperate to win the EurAsia Cup for the first time – when we get to Kuala Lumpur Jeev will be trying to kick my butt and I will be trying to kick his.” No matter the outcome of the second EurAsia Cup, which will see six four-ball matches and six foursomes matches played over the opening two days before 12, final day singles matches will determine the winner, the players of both Asia and Europe will be guided by two of golf’s most respected competitors.