EurAsia Cup: Player profiles for Thongchai Jaidee's 10-man Team Asia
Last Updated: 26/03/14 11:24am
Skipper Thongchai Jaidee and Team Asia
A look at the Team Asia line-up, who are contesting this week's inaugural EurAsia Cup against Europe in Malaysia.
Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand, captain): One of Asia's greatest ever players. The Thai, a former paratrooper in the army, is a three-time Asian Order of Merit winner and was an excellent sixth in the WGC-Cadillac Championship on his last start. World No 69.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand): One of the rising stars of Asian golf, the Thai is the current Asian Order of Merit champ after beating off some star names to capture the Maybank Malaysian Open. Ended 2013 in style but has been poor so far in four PGA Tour events in the US. World No 74.
Anirban Lahiri (India): First came to attention when scoring a hole-in-one in the 2012 Open at Lytham where he finished T31. The 26-year-old from Bangalore is already a three-time winner on the Asian Tour and has finished third and eighth on his two starts in 2014. World No 109.
Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh): The first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour, he made his landmark breakthrough when capturing the 2013 Hero Indian Open. A runner-up on the Asian Tour's SAIL Open two starts ago. World No 151.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (India): The 25-year-old from Kapurthala in India has already racked up five victories on the Asian Tour, the most recent the Indonesia Open in December. Has been playing the European Tour this year and has made six cuts out of seven. World No 163.
Hyung-sung Kim (South Korea): Finished second on the 2013 Japan Golf Tour money list after a highly consistent season which featured a win and 13 top 10s. The 33-year-old from Seoul represented South Korea in the 2011 World Cup of Golf, finishing T9. World No 80.
Koumei Oda (Japan): Has collected six wins in six years on the Japan Golf Tour and finished third on last year's Money List after posting a victory and five other top 10s. World No 86.
Hideto Tanihara (Japan): The 35-year-old has won twice on the Asian Tour and 10 times in his native Japan. He played on the PGA Tour in America in 2005 and was an excellent fifth in the 2006 Open Championship at Hoylake. World No 118.
Nicholas Fung (Malaysia): As the only Malaysian player in the field, the 23-year-old will have huge support from the home crowd. He started 2013 ranked 1,428th but has risen to his current position of 251st after some good results (second and fifth) on the Asian Tour.
Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand): A stalwart of Asian golf, the 48-year-old can boast eight Aisan Tour wins, the most recent coming at the King's Cup in Thailand in January. He's also played in nine majors, with a best of T15 in the 2008 US PGA. World No 140.