Bagpipes and drums heralded the entrance of both teams, lead by Her Royal Highness Dulia Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Hajjah Haminah binti Haji Hamidun, The Queen of Malaysia, into the grand ballroom of Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie to mark the official launch of the second edition of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.
Dignitaries representing the Palace, the Malaysian Government, European Tour, Asian Tour and DRB-HICOM were all in attendance.
Speaking on behalf of DRB-HICOM, Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar, CEO, DRB-HICOM took the opportunity to say that DRB-HICOM was once again happy to be the presenting sponsor and Glenmarie to be the host venue. He thanked the players for their feedback that the course was in “pristine condition,” he looked forward to a closely fought competition and wished all the best to both captains.
Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, PGM Chairman, gave a brief history of how the EurAsia Cup came into being, an idea mooted by Asian Tour Commissioner, Kyi Hla Han, that was personally proposed by him to the Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and generously backed by the Malaysian Government and DRB-HICOM for the first two editions. He expressed his delight that the international golf tournament put Malaysia in the world golfing spotlight and allowed Malaysian talent to shine through, with Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung as shining examples.
He also declared his neutrality, to much laughter, and that he hoped it would be a close match to lure the Prime Minister to attend the final day on Sunday.
Darren Clarke, Team Europe captain, along with Jeev Milkha Singh, Team Asia’s captain introduced their respective team players and then proceeded to announce the pairings for the first day’s fourball draw.
To conclude, both captains expressed that they were happy with the pairings that unfolded and were eager to hit the fairways.