Asia has named a strong team to face Europe in the inaugural Royal Trophy at Amata Spring Country Club in
Thai stalwarts Thaworn Wiratchant and Thongchai Jaidee, and
"I am delighted to finalise our team which I believe is a very strong line-up," said Kuramoto, who is a legend of the game in
"The eight players have produced some terrific golf over the past 12 months which is clearly reflected by their respective finishes on the
Spanish great Seve Ballesteros, a five-time Major Champion, will captain the European team which will be announced in due course.
Imano, Fukabori and Hur, who finished second, third and fourth respectively on the
Much will also be anticipated from home town heroes Thaworn and Thongchai in The Royal Trophy. The 38 year old Thaworn enjoyed a spectacular 2005 season on the Asian Tour with a record four titles, which made him the player with the most number of wins in the region at eight while Thongchai successfully retained his Malaysian Open title this year.
Zhang, the first mainland Chinese player to feature in the Masters Tournament, has enjoyed many victories in match play competitions which saw him earn Kuramoto's nod for one of his captain's picks.
Atwal, Asian number one in 2003, is also coming off a tremendous year on the US PGA Tour where he finished second twice and earned close to US$1 million in total prize money.
"Zhang is a wonderful match play competitor. His has a strong liking for match play competitions and he has also enjoyed a good year in
"Atwal is another class act and his success in the
The first day of competition will see four fourball matches in the morning session, followed by another four matches of foursomes in the afternoon. The second day will see eight matches of singles.
The Royal Trophy is sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation.
Asian Team: Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Jyoti Randhawa (Ind), Yasuharo Imano (Jpn), Keiichiro Fukabori (Jpn), Hur Suk-ho (Kor), Arjun Atwal (Ind – captain's pick), Zhang Lian-wei (Chn – captain's pick)