Atwal to skipper Asia team in EurAsia Cup

NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom: India’s Arjun Atwal has been announced as captain of Team Asia to tackle a Thomas Bjorn led Team Europe side in January’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
The 44-year-old former Asian number one will be looking for his 12-man team to win back the trophy won two years ago by a then Darren Clarke-led European side from January 12-14 on the Glenmaris Golf and Country Club course in suburban Kuala Lumpur. It will be the third staging of the event — the inaugural edition in 2014 ended in a 10-all draw.
It is a first taste of team captaincy for both Atwal and Bjorn, and with the Dane looking for valuable insight into the eventual make-up of his 2018 European Ryder Cup side.
“I am delighted and honoured to be the captain of the European EurAsia Cup team and I am very much looking forward to the challenge that will await us in January from what I am sure will be a strong Asian team on home soil,” said Bjorn.
It is very much the same feeling for Atwal, an eight-time Asian Tour winner including being crowned Asian Tour No 1 in 2003 and the first India-born golfer to win on the PGA Tour, triumphing in the Wyndham Championship in 2010. “I am proud to captain Team Asia in this very special event. I expect to lead a strong and confident team against Europe so I’ll do my best to inspire Team Asia,” he said. — AFP