Europe's Ryder hopefuls face Asia in EurAsia

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

I saw Davis (Love III) at a range somewhere and I kind of told him that I was captaining.

Playing in his second EurAsia Cup, the six-time Asian Tour victor is looking forward to the clash with 12 of Europe's best players at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

Atwal picked Korea's Sunghoon Kang for the fourth match with Thailand's Poom Saksansin while Team Europe's captain Thomas Bjorn opted for Major victor Henrik Stenson of Sweden and France's Alexander Levy.

Paul Casey admits that being snubbed by Colin Montgomerie for a Ryder Cup "hurt a lot" but the Englishman is committed to the European cause once again, starting in this week's EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. We don't get to play it that often, so when we do, it's nice to have the chance, and especially in this kind of environment, playing in team format.

The winning team will share the prize money of US$3.6 million (RM14.4 million) while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million (RM4.8 million). I am very proud of my season past year to get in the team this week, it was a big goal of mine to try to make it.

England's Tommy Fleetwood, who finished fourth at the 2017 US Open and is the number one player on the European Tour, is the headline name on the European team.

Last year's Scottish Open victor, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, teams up with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger while double Dunhill Links champion Tyrrell Hatton partners fellow Englishman Ross Fisher in the anchor match.

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs - except my team", said Atwal.

The match-play event will start tomorrow with the four-ball competition before the foursomes takes place the following day (January 13). It feels quite big for me, especially when I haven't played that many (team events) before.

"I was coming into the last half of the year with this being a big goal of mine to make the team, and so I'm delighted that I'm here and hopefully we can have a good week", Dunne said yesterday.

"I think the whole match play feeling, you see it at The Ryder Cup, and obviously the US guys have the Presidents Cup".

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

Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Gavin Green of Malaysia, his compatriot Nicholas Fung, India's Anirban Lahiri, South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon and An Byeong-un, Thai pair Phachara Khongwatmai and Poom Saksansin, China's Li Haotong and Japanese duo Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara complete the side.

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