Bjorn eyes EurAsia victory with Ryder Cup in mind

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2018

Yet, Europe, who are also preparing for the Ryder Cup against the United States later this year, were not willing to take Asia lightly.

It gives Denmark's Bjorn a great chance to test players in a team environment before the showdown against U.S. in Paris.

The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday. Chawrasia was part of Team Asia that suffered an 18 ½ -5 ½ defeat to Team Europe in the 2016 edition.

Along with Dunne, the current side includes Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood, who won last season's Race to Dubai, Tyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Belgian Thomas Pieters, and the Swedish duo of Alex Noren and Henrik Stenson.

Seasoned Ryder Cup golfer Paul Casey of England and France's Alex Levy completes Team Europe as the two wildcards picked by Bjorn. I'm very comfortable with him because of the same language we speak and we've played together on many occasions, so that's a very good thing.

"There's an excitement about representing Europe. It takes a lot of guts and hunger to win a golf tournament, and all 12 of my players have it", he said. "They want to win".

"So being here with them for a whole week and spending some different time with them is key". I am sure they will be, though. "This is not going to come to them easy, and they are up for it".

"I think Ikeda and me will have a good partnership".

"When I walk around [at events] and see Tyrrell Hatton and Sergio Garcia, my mind is on them, how they're playing and how I can utilise them". I'm very proud of that, and I've desperately missed it, and I want to play another one. "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".

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team". Writing in a player blog on the European Tour website, Dunne says he is fully aware of how this week could impact on his chances of booking a place at Le Golf National later this year.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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