Jimenez names wild card picks

European captain Miguel Angel Jimenez has named Pablo Larrazabal and Thorbjorn Olesen as his wild card picks for next month’s EurAsia Cup.

The pair will join eight other players that have already qualified for the three-day event, which tees off on March 27 at Kuala Lumpur’s Glenmarie Country Club.

The Spaniard is already a winner this year after beating the likes of Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi last month, while the Dane followed up his third place finish in Qatar with a tie for fifth in Dubai.

They will join up with Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Stephen Gallacher, Joost Luiten and Graeme McDowell, who have already qualified for the team tournament.

“Both boys have made great starts to 2014,” Jimenez said of his selection.

“Pablo’s victory was very impressive. To shoot 67 in the final round to hold off players like McIlroy and Mickelson was a fantastic achievement while Thorbjorn has been coming into form recently.

“I have a very strong group of players and a very good mix of youth and experience.

“It will be very tough to go to Malaysia and win because the Asian team is also very strong but I believe if my players play to their abilities then Europe can triumph.”