YE Yang will lead the Asian team in this year's edition of the Royal Trophy

Last Updated: 31/07/13 4:26pm

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YE Yang: Will lead Asia in the Royal Trophy later this year

YE Yang: Will lead Asia in the Royal Trophy later this year

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YE Yang will lead the Asian team in the next edition of the Royal Trophy which takes place in China later in the year.

The South Korean famously became the first Asian male to win a major when he overcame Tiger Woods to capture the 2009 USPGA Championship.

The 41-year-old will take over the captaincy of the Asian team from Joe Osaki for the defence of the annual team title.

"I am truly honoured to undertake the leadership role of Asian team captain for the next edition of the Royal Trophy," Yang said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I am committed to building a very strong team for our continent's defence of the Royal Trophy.

"I will do my utmost to retain stewardship of the trophy in Asia and look forward to the matches with great excitement and anticipation."

Asia won last year's event in Brunei following a sudden death play-off, while this year's match will be played on 20-22 December 2013 at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou.

Although he was in charge for Europe's loss last year, Jose Maria Olazabal will once again lead the team in China this time around.

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