GRAEME MCDOWELL, the Northern Irish golfer and world No. 15, feels he is warming up perfectly for this month’s EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM:
“My game feels pretty good at the moment. I took a lot of time off at the start of the year so have only played four events but the results have been encouraging. I have had three top-10 finishes and two of those were World Golf Championship’s. So I guess I should be proud of how my season has started.”
McDowell, 34, won the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea in 2008, and is looking forward to playing in Asia again at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur from March 27-29.
“I have always loved playing in Asia so it will be great to arrive in Malaysia for the EurAsia Cup. I’m pretty sure the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club will be a little warmer than Korea was but hopefully I can perform to a similar level as I did when I won the Ballantine’s Championship. Our sport has undergone a real period of globalisation over the past ten years or so and it is great to be able to play around the world.”
The Northern Irishman, a Ryder Cup veteran, has played under many different types of Captain but is excited and to be working under Jimenez.
“The word ‘legend’ is often overused in sport and on Tour but there has never been a more fitting word to describe Miguel. I think he will be a great Captain. He is one of the most popular men in the sport and I think all of his players will go the extra mile for him. He also has a lot of Ryder Cup experience as a Vice Captain and I am sure he will have learned a lot from that and will bring some fresh ideas to his captaincy.”
As a senior member of Team Europe, McDowell is aware he and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn may be called upon to assist with the younger players:
“Obviously I have my own game to play and the first thing I need to do is win my points for the team, but if Miguel is looking for the likes of myself and some of the other more experienced players like Bjorn to help with the younger players then I am more than happy to make myself available. I remember making my Ryder Cup debut in 2008 and it is always good to know there are experienced players on hand to help you.”
Tickets for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM are available for purchase via online and hotline. Golf fans can purchase tickets on www.ticketpro.com.my or call +603 7880 7999 for further details.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.