The 2016 EurAsia Cup begins on Friday at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia. Here is the low-down on team Asia
Asia 2016 EurAsia Cup Team
Jeev Milkha Singh
India’s most successful player is well known on these shores having won four European Tour events including the 2012 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open where he defeated Francesco Molinari on the first play-off hole.
Lahiri had a break-out season in 2015 winning two co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour events before a tied fifth finish in the USPGA Championship at Whistling straights.
Known as ‘SSP Chawrasia’ he turned pro in 1997 and has two European Tour victories. Finished 4th on the 2015 Asian Tour order of merit.
Jaidee turned pro back in 1999 and has won seven times on the European Tour including the 2015 Porsche European Open. He was playing-captain for the Asian team in the 2014 EurAsia Cup that ended in a tie.
Chia will be playing in front of his home crowd in Kuala Lumpur, the City he calls home. He turned pro in 1996 and finished 8th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season that included victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
Known as ‘Ben An’, the 2015 European Tour Rookie of the Year is the second-youngest player on the Asian team as well as their highest ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings. Won the 2015 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth by six shots.
Known as ‘K.T Kim’, he holds the record for Korean victories on the Japan Golf Tour with 10, with five of them coming in 2015.
Shingo played in the Masters 11 years in a row from 1999 to 2009. Recorded a fourth-place finish at Augusta in 2009 and came T4 at the 2001 USPGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
The Captain’s picks:
The oldest player on the Asian team, Prayad has been a pro since 1991 and has nine wins on the Asian Tour including last season’s Queen’s Cup. Also won the 2015 Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open on the Japan Golf Tour.
Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour event on home soil last season at the Volvo China Open.
The youngest on the Asian team by four years, Wang didn’t miss a cut in 16 Asian Tour tournaments last season to finish ninth on the Order of Merit.
Fung, from Kuala Lumpur, played in the 2014 EurAsia Cup, losing his singles match on the 18th to European playing-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez. No major tour wins but does have two victories on the Asian Development Tour.