Team Asia determined to put up EurAsia Cup fight

Aubrey Yates
January 12, 2018

"I've got a very good Ryder Cup record, and a very good match play record, I've only ever lost two matches in a Ryder Cup".

Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised.

Thomas Bjorn dismissed any suggestions that his Europe-led contingent will steamroll to another landslide victory over Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup which begins on Friday at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Arjun Atwal and Thomas Bjorn on Tuesday.

However, the star attraction on the team could be Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who is ranked at number 11 on the European Tour, a stronger competition than its Asian counterpart. I am sure they will be, though.

(Back row left to right): Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Levy, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Fitzpatrick and Paul Dunne.

"I think the commitment from the players early on, wanting to play in this event, shows where European golf is", Bjorn said.

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Experienced Englishman Paul Casey and France's Alex Levy are Bjorn's two wildcard picks against an Asian side led by three-time European Tour victor Arjun Atwal of India. When I took this role, I was amazed how willing so numerous players were to appear here.

"I pretty much picked Tiger's brain a little bit because we are really close".

"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said. So for me, it has been a little bit of a challenge but it's fun, as well.

And that means the 46-year-old Dane is giving everything he can to ensure Europe regain the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in September. "I wasn't on the team two years ago and I would have loved to be on the team, and this year, I'm happy to be on it".

"If that's the way Paul (McGinley) and Darren (Clarke) approached their captaincy, it's probably the reason I am approaching mine in the same way, and the reason that whoever is the next captain has to take the same approach. You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen", said Atwal in an Asian Tour release.

Malaysia's Nicholas Fung together with China's Li Haotong will then square off against Austria's Bernd Wiesberger while the Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia will try to wrap up the points for Team Asia in their last match against England's Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton.

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