Kuala Lumpur - European captain Darren
Clarke added some formidable match-play experience to his EurAsia Cup line-up
on Monday when he named Ryder Cup veterans Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his
The announcement rounds out the 12-man European
squad for the January 15-17 team event in Malaysia that already had seen young
guns such as England's Danny Willett and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson qualify on
"We have a very young and exciting
team heading to Malaysia in January, and to add the vast experience of Ian and
Lee into the mix gives us a very strong and balanced side as we look to take
the EurAsia Cup trophy back to Europe," Clarke said.
The European side also includes Englishmen
Ross Fisher, Chris Wood, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan, Ireland's Shane
Lowry, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Swede
None of them, however, have the match-play
experience of Poulter and Westwood, who have a combined 14 Ryder Cup
Poulter, in particular, is noted for his
ability to deliver in the Ryder Cup, sparking the stirring "Miracle at
Medinah" European comeback in the 2012 edition.
Clarke, who also will lead Europe in next
year's Ryder Cup, called Poulter and Westwood "two of the most fearsome
match players in the game."
The two Englishmen both said they were
relishing the opportunity.
"Playing for my team-mates, captain and
the continent of Europe brings a different level of intensity to golf for me
and I can't wait to feel that buzz again," Poulter said.
Westwood, who plays well in Kuala Lumpur's
heat and humidity, winning the Malaysian Open twice, said he and Poulter
"will definitely bring a lot of experience to the team room."
The Europeans will face an Asian team
captained by Jeev Milkha Singh of India, which will be unveiled on December 15.
Europe and Asia will both be trying to win
the EurAsia Cup for the first time after the inaugural edition in 2014, also at
Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, ended in a 10-10 draw.