SHAH ALAM – After winning the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit, Malaysian golfing star Gavin Kyle Green will turn his attention to the EurAsia Cup 2018.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a superb 2017 season where he won his first Asian Tour title, was crowned Asia’s number one and subsequently voted as the Player of the Year.
“It will be fun to start at home in Malaysia. It is just 10 minutes from my house and with all friends my and supporters. I hope that we will really pull this off. I really want to win this, not just for me but also for Team Asia,” Green told reporters at the event’s venue, the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club (GGCC), here today.
Following a breakthrough year, Green will be a part of a strong Team Asia led by captain Arjun Atwal of India who will go up against Thomas Bjorn’s Team Europe on Jan 12 to 14.
Green, who will be among six debutants in the 12-man Team Asia believes they have the talent to cause an upset against Team Europe, who won the last edition of the EurAsia Cup in 2016.
During the inaugural tournament in 2014, it was a 10-10 draw for Team Asia and Team Europe.
“It’s going to be tough because I’ve never played this kind of tournament when I turned pro. I don’t know what to expect, Team Europe is very strong. But, I’ve played well on this course (GGCC)…I won three times as an amateur, once when I’ve turned pro and a couples of top-five finishes here.
“Its been a long time that I played this type of tournament, since my college, actually. It is going to be an interesting start to the year. I don’t know what the partnership is yet, I have an idea but I don’t know exactly. When Arjun come on Sunday and we have a meeting on Monday and we will figure it out,” said Green.
Beside Green, the other Team Asia members are his compatriot Nicholas Fung, Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara; China’s Li Haotong; India’s Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia; Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Phachara Khongwatmai; and South Korea’s An Byeong-hun An and Kang Sung-hoon.
Team Europe will feature Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Levy, Alex Noren, Thomas Pieters, Henrik Stenson and Bernd Wiesberger.
The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six four-ball matches, followed by six foursome matches and 12 singles matches on the third day. – BERNAMA