Golf set for further expansion with EurAsia Cup

Published 27/08/2013 14:13:43

The golfing world is about to change forever after it was confirmed Europe will play Asia in a new Ryder Cup-style matchplay tournament next year.

The tournament, called the EurAsia Cup, will see Europe's top golfers take on their Asian counterparts as the sport continues to grow in the Far East. Malaysia's Glenmarie Golf and Country Club has been penned in as the inaugural host of a tournament that could one day rival its Ryder Cup counterpart and there is plenty of reason why golf betting fans should be excited.

Over the past decade the sport has picked up in the Far East, with the Asian Tour now one of the most reputable in golf. Although we are yet to see a major tournament on Asian soil, the pressure from sponsors and fans to host contests in the east means that's only a matter of time. In 2009 Yang Yong-eun of South Korea won the PGA Championship title and this year China's 14-year-old sensation Guan Tianlang made the Masters card - those achievements alone prove the standing of Asian players on the world circuit.

While the game's global development will improve with the introduction of a new international matchplay tournament, the European players should also feel the benefit. The 2014 EurAsia Cup will take place in late March, which is perfect preparation for the Masters at Augusta a few weeks later.

For fans who bet on golf, another matchplay experience similar to the Ryder Cup would also generate further interest in the sport and give it a competitive element only found every other summer. We fans crave for that Ryder Cup atmosphere and it's over all too quickly, which is why another matchplay tournament of that standard and importance would be great for players and viewers alike.

Of course, there will be doubters and the first decade of tournaments may receive little coverage. Yet this is the reality of sporting tournaments until they develop a sense of prestige. While we may not feel the benefit of this new matchplay for some years, the EurAsia Cup could prove the catalyst for growing the sport around the world.


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