Team Asia believe they can win EurAsia Cup


Team Asia believe they can win EurAsia Cup

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.

Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton beat An Byeong-un of South Korea and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2&, while Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters won 3&2 against Kang Sung-hoon and Poom Saksansin.

Going into the day two foursomes format tomorrow, Arjun does not want to break up his team who are "gelling".

"I thought when I watched them on the first ten, 11, 12 holes today, I thought we were in a very good position, and then we didn't quite finish it off". "Even though we were down early in a lot of matches, we weren't getting blown out", he said. "Anirban and SSP go out against Fleetwood and Stenson in the first match".

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.

The English duo were the only European pair to be leading to begin with after going one point ahead in match one. That has always been my belief since I took up this captaincy.

After halving his match on Friday with a 10-foot pressure putt for a birdie on the 18th in the final action of the first day's fourballs, Li and partner Nicholas Fung beat European pair Ross Fisher and Bernd Weisberger by 3&1 in Saturday's foursomes.

Hideto Tanihara of Japan and Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, the youngest player on Team Asia at the age of 18, also secured victory on the 18th hole when they beat Alex Noren and Paul Dunne by two holes.

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.

Team Asia did well to prove they are no pushovers when Green paired with Japanese Yuta Ikeda to superbly bring down Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick 2&1.

Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, playing alongside Ryder Cup star Henrik Stenson, delivered a 3 and 2 win against Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P Chawrasia.