Clarke and Singh have been friends for as long as they can remember, and they are relishing the opportunity to lead their continents to what would be a historic first victory at the EurAsia Cup, after an unforgettable 10-10 draw at the event’s inaugural staging in 2014.

As they got together to help announce the January date and return to DRB-HICOM’s Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the second staging of the EurAsia Cup, where Clarke and Singh will be non-playing captains of 12-man teams, the pair quickly set the tone for what will be an intriguing rivalry.

“It’s an honour to be offered the EurAsia Cup Captaincy and I am very excited by the prospect of leading what I hope will be a very strong Asian team. It is a special event — I remember watching it two years ago and it was so exciting,” Jeev said.

“I think it’s going to be great for Asia and Europe. Golf is now a global sport so it’s going to be a fantastic competition. I’m looking forward to going up against Darren — I’m going to have a lot of fun with him,” he added.

Clarke is equally excited about the tournament.

“We have known each other a very, very long time. We have played together on Tour for most of our careers, so we have played together for a very long time.

“Both teams that are assembled will be desperate to win the EurAsia Cup for the first time — when we get to Kuala Lumpur Jeev will be trying to kick my butt and I will be trying to kick his. It’s going to be a great week — the guys are really looking forward to it already.”

No matter the outcome of the second EurAsia Cup, which will see six four-ball matches and six foursomes matches played over the opening two days before 12, final day singles matches will determine the winner, the players of both Asia and Europe will be guided by two of golf’s most respected competitors.

Jeev, a former double Asian Tour Number One who has won 20 times around the world including four European Tour victories, is India’s most successful player.

Jeev is relishing every aspect of his captaincy of Asia’s EurAsia Cup team and believes the Asian players are now more than ever capable of outplaying and out-fighting their European counterparts in team competition, with four Asian players qualifying for the Presidents Cup side to face the USA in Korea next month.

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