Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead

  • Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead

Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead

Atwal would have been anxious that the scoreline was running away from the hosts but their comeback began with the match of the day as Yuta Ikeda and Gavin Green won three of the final four holes against Levy and Rafa Cabrera Bello to secure a winning point on the 18th green.

Belgium's Thomas Pieters and England's Matthew Fitzpatrick thought they had struck another fatal blow to Team Asia's EurAsia Cup title aspirations when they won 3&2. Europe are the reigning champions of the Eurasia Cup having won in 2016.

Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood (3 and 2 against Shiv Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri) and Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton (2 and 1 against Kiradech Aphibarnrat and An Byeong-hun) had lifted Europe.

"I learn something every second of the day when I'm a captain, but I don't only do that here".

Green, who clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit last month, clinched the match with two birdie putts in the final three holes to give Asia its second point. "I'm not surprised or shocked by our results so far".

Europe, who started the day trailing in four of the six matches, managed to calm proceedings and turn things around by eventually finishing the day trailing by just one point.

"They have been fantastic. I'm very pleased with their pairing and everything that has been leading up to it and the way they have delivered", said Atwal.

The other two points won by Team Asia are from Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara who beat Ireland's Paul Dunne and Sweden's Alex Noren with 2&1 scores while China's Li Haotong and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung outclassed England's Ross Fisher and Austria's Bern Wiesberger, 3&1. "We didn't make a bogey, we made quite a few birdies and in foursomes that's going to be hard to beat, really", Englishman Fleetwood said after the match.

The biennial matchplay event, being held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, offers Bjorn's European team, defending the EurAsia Cup, ideal preparation ahead of September's Ryder Cup at Le Golf National against holders the United States. I believe in all 12 of them, as I always will. "We have got to go out and put some blue on the board and try to win the singles". "We are slightly disappointed with the outcome today but I'm sure we can rise to what's ahead of us tomorrow", said Bjorn.