Ozaki retains Asian Royal Trophy captaincy

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2009, 14:22 PM IST

Tokyo: Japan`s Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki has been named captain of Asia`s Royal Trophy team for the fourth edition of the matchplay contest, organisers said.

Ozaki, who led Asia to an unexpected 10-6 thrashing of twice winners Europe in January, will choose his eight-man team in the next few months.

"We are determined to keep the Royal Trophy in Asia. We will do our utmost to defeat Europe," he said in a statement.

"It is indeed an honour to captain the Asian team for the third consecutive time, and I am fully committed to deliver the Royal Trophy to our Asian people once again."

The next edition of the contest, which features fourball, foursome and singles competitions, will take place from Jan. 8-10 at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, east of Bangkok.

Five-times major winner Seve Ballesteros, who underwent four operations to remove a brain tumour, is hoping to recover to captain Europe for the third time after missing the last edition.

Ozaki is yet to choose any of his players but told Thai television after last year`s victory that Prayad Marksaeng and Thongchai Jaidee, the only players to win all of their matches, would be given the nod.

Bureau Report