Sunday, January 14, 2018



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Team Europe, captained by Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, dominated the Sunday singles matches to earn a hard-fought win over Team Asia by a 14-10 margin to retain the EurAsia Cup 
After trailing Team Asia by one point at the end of the previous two days' play,  Europe mounted a winning fightback to be successful in eight out of 12 singles matches at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club. Asia won three and one was halved.
“It was a great performance today from every single one of them, they came off the golf course yesterday and there was a determination and a will of wanting to win this,” said Bjorn.
“From there, to then go out and do the job the way they did today shows a lot about the character of these 12 guys and it shows a lot about the character of European golf and it shows a lot about what we are,” added the Dane.
Alex Noren of Sweden delivered the day’s first point with a convincing 4 and 2 win over Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung. Asia’s number one Gavin Green of Malaysia then fell victim to Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello 4 and 3
Europe’s number one Tommy Fleetwood earned another point for his team when he brought down India’s S S P Chawrasia 2 and 1 before Thailand’s Poom Saksansin gave Asia a brief reprieve, beating England’s Paul Casey by one hole.
Major winner Henrik Stenson put another point on the board for Europe when he won 2 and 1 against Japan’s Hideto Tanihara before Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger took them three clear with a 2 and 1 victory over Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai.
France’s Alexander Levy then brought Europe to within a point of retaining the EurAsia Cup when he defeated Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat 3 and 1.
The winning moment for Europe came on the 18th hole when Belgium’s Thomas Pieters beat South Korea’s Byeonghun An by one hole.
“It always nice to get the winning point. We all have to do our own part today.  We knew that and we knew what we had to do.  You can see early on that we wanted it badly because the board was pretty blue,” said Pieters.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton then won 2 and 1 against India’s Anirban Lahiri to make it 13 ½ -7 ½ with three matches remaining.
South Korea’s Sunghoon Kang and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick shared the spoils before Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and China’s Li Haotong salvaged some pride for Team Asia by beating England’s Ross Fisher (1 hole) and Ireland’s Paul Dunne (3 and 1) respectively.
“These kind of events always become closer than you think sometimes, and that's always good to know. When you go out there as a team, you've got to play. You play for very few points the first two days and then you play for a lot of points on Sunday, and that's the way these events are.
“It can swing very much on the last day and we showed today that if you are good and strong on Sundays, you can win these things,” said Bjorn.

European names first

A Noren bt N Fung 4 and 2.
P Casey lost to P Saksansin 1 hole.
T Fleetwood bt S S P Chawrasia 2 and 1.
H Stenson bt H Tanihara 2 and 1.
R Cabrera Bello bt G Green 4 and 3.
B Weisberger bt P Khongwatmai 2 and 1.
A Levy bt K Aphibarnrat 3 and 1.
T Pieters bt B Hun An 1 hole.
T Hatton bt A Lahiri 2 and 1.
M Fitzpatrick halved with S Kang
R Fisher lost to Y Ikeda 1 hole.
P Dunne lost to H Li  3 and 1 



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