The top male golfers of Europe and Asia will play each other in a new match-play team competition, the EurAsia Cup, from 2014, it has been announced.
The inaugural EurAsia Cup will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia from March 28 to 30, with a format similar to the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, the biennial contests between Europe and USA, and between USA and a combined international side from outside Europe, respectively.
DRB-HICOM, one of Malaysia's largest conglomerates, has signed up as the presenting partner of the tournament.
Europe's 10-man team will consist of the Race to Dubai 2013 top four, the top four available from the world rankings and two captain's picks.
The Asian team will comprise the top four players from the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, the leading three players invited on the basis of their world ranking, and three captain's picks.
It will become the third match-play event involving Europe after the Ryder Cup and the biennial Seve Trophy, which began in 2000 and is contested between teams from Great Britain and Ireland, and continental Europe.
Keith Waters, the European Tour’s chief operating officer and director of international policy, said: "Our thanks go to DRB-HICOM, Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) and the Malaysian government for supporting this event, which extends The European Tour’s already strong partnership with the Asian Tour that dates back to 1999, when Malaysia staged the first co-sanctioned event between the two Tours."
The EurAsia Cup, which will be an early part of the European Tour 2014 schedule, is one of two new events announced on the calendar, along with the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which takes place in Sun City, South Africa from December 5 to 8, 2013.
It is one of seven events in South Africa on the initial schedule of The 2014 Race to Dubai.