The 2018 EurAsia Cup, the third edition of the competition, starts tomorrow with 12-man golf teams from Europe and Asia coming up against each other at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam. "I wasn't on the team two years ago and I would have loved to be on the team, and this year, I'm happy to be on it".
The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday. I got to meet some of the guys that I didn't really know that well today and everyone is having a great time in the team room, on the golf course and that's what I want it to be like.
"I've got a very good Ryder Cup record, and a very good match play record, I've only ever lost two matches in a Ryder Cup". Plus, Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup and 2016 Ryder Cup.
Experienced Englishman Paul Casey and France's Alex Levy are Bjorn's two wildcard picks against an Asian side led by three-time European Tour victor Arjun Atwal of India. "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf". The European team is strong but we are just as strong.
Asia captain Atwal believes his youthful team, which boasts 11 European Tour titles between them, including multiple winners Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and India's SSP Chawrasia, has the strength in depth to turn the contest in Asia's favour.
"I really think it will really help to hopefully have a few more events like this and grow the game even more". "Plus, at 40, how many more Ryder Cups do I have the opportunity to play in? You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".
"I think the commitment from the players early on, wanting to play in this event, shows where European golf is", Bjorn said.
Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.