Europe trail at EurAsia Cup

Lynette Rowe
January 14, 2018

Asia needed something special to stop the rot and the Japanese-Malaysian pairing of Yuta Ikeda and Gavin Green stepped up to the plate by winning three of the last four holes for a rousing 1-up win over Alex Levy and Rafa Cabrera.

"I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game. I'm very pleased with their pairing and everything that has been leading up to it and the way they have delivered", said Atwal.

"We've got to go out and put some blue on that board and try and win the Singles".

Europe's third victory of the day came in the fourth foursomes match as Fitzpatrick and Pieters carded four successive birdies from the 5th to take control against Poom Saksansin and Sunghoon Kang, who had both impressed together in seeing off Alexander Levy and Stenson on Friday.

"I don't want to ever sound cocky with a team like Europe, and I'm not going to get cocky, but it's a great start", Asia captain Arjun Atwal said. "Looking forward to the singles and we will see where we are at the end of the day".

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn takes part in a golf exhibition at France's Golf National where the Ryder Cup 2018 tournament will be held at Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines, France, October 16, 2017.

"You saw how early on, everybody was kind of down and losing a few matches early".

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"I have sermonised them, I have just been speaking to them and making them believe in themselves and to have fun and give their best. We are slightly disappointed with the outcome today but I'm sure we can rise to what's ahead of us tomorrow", said Bjorn.

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.

Though two days of action remain, that the results are even close is a surprise.

Team Europe led in that last match standing on the 18th tee but a brilliant birdie at the last from Li stopped Bjorn's men from heading into the weekend on level terms.

India's experienced duo of Lahiri and Chawrasia paid dearly for their patchy start over the first five holes, by which time Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood were 3-up.

The anchor match saw Bernd Wiesberger partner Englishman Ross Fisher, a victor on Friday, against Haotong Li and Nicholas Fung but despite moving 2up at the par five 6th green Asia responded quickly and Li continued his strong putting display from the opening day's play to secure a 3&1 win and maintain Asia's slender advantage heading into Sunday's singles.

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