Donaldson excited about EurAsia Cup

European Tour

Welsh star Jamie Donaldson is currently playing the best golf of his career to date and is looking forward to landing in Malaysia on Monday to begin preparations for his participation in the inaugural EurAsia Cup at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, March 27-29 (Thursday-Saturday).

“My golf is in great shape at the moment – finishing as runner-up in Doral at the WGC Cadillac Championship two weeks ago has given me a lot of confidence and I always enjoy playing golf in Asia, the public are always friendly and I like competing in the warmth. I am excited by being a member of Team Europe taking on Team Asia,” he said.

The current world number 27 will use next week’s tournament as preparation for this autumn’s battle with the USA at Gleneagles and is a big fan of Match play golf.

He added: “Next week is ideal preparation for the Ryder Cup. The EurAsia Cup is the Ryder Cup of the East, it is set to be a great tournament and it’s definitely great practice for what lies ahead in September.

“My favourite aspect of Match play golf is definitely the support from spectators. The crowds are always that bit different for Match play as they usually have a preference who they’re rooting for; it’s great when people are calling for you and your team, it really spurs you on.”

The 38 year old is part of a very strong looking Team Europe, captained by Spanish great Miguel Angel Jimenez who take on Team Asia, captained by Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles. However, the current top European Tour earner doesn’t mind who he is paired with.

“Team Europe is certainly strong on paper – look at what Victor Dubuisson did at the WGC in Doral and Pablo Larrazabal shot a 67 in the final round in The Abu Dhabi Championship to hold off Rory McIlroy. Stephen Gallacher won the Dubai Desert Classic title and then there’s Ryder Cup legend Graeme McDowell, it’s an exciting team!” he said.

“I really don’t mind who I’m partnered with, I’m really happy with the look of our team and importantly it is not dominated by any country, which is always good for Europe and the game.”

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