Euros in line for Ryder Cup take on EurAsia
With the September Ryder Cup clearly at the forefront of the European agenda, three likely team members with no experience in the matches gladly accepted the opportunity to play in next week’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
Victor Dubuisson and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson are 1-2 on the European Points List, while Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher would be the last automatic qualifier off the World Points List if the Ryder Cup were held next week. None of them has played in the Ryder Cup, so the Europe-Asia team match will offer a taste of the format.
Another likely Ryder Cupper, Graeme McDowell, also will play for Europe, which will round out with playing captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal, Thorbjorn Olesen, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Joost Luiten and Thomas Bjorn, who is in prime position to make the Ryder Cup team for the first time since 2002.
Providing the competition for Asia will be playing captain Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Prayad Marksaeng, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Koumei Oda, Hideto Tanihara, Hyung-sung Kim, Siddikur Rahman and Nicholas Fung.
OK, so it doesn’t resonate like the sort of lineup the Americans will toss at the Euros come September, but consider it a good introduction for Dubuisson, Donaldson and Gallacher.
Having roared into prominence with very little warning, Dubuisson is still an unknown entity to much of the golf world, and he seems to relish the air of mystery that surrounds him. He embraces his privacy, though he provided a hint into a competitive personality that lends itself to golf.
“I played tennis (and) basketball. I liked basketball, but I prefer to be on my own. I like to be in control. Basketball, it was great, but I don’t really like to depend on other people.”
Acknowledging that he doesn’t mind keeping to himself, even for weeks at a time, Dubuisson seems a perfect fit for golf, which is at its very core an individual endeavor.