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Last-gasp Li birdie helps Asia take lead against Europe

14 January, 2018, 12:55 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Last-gasp Li birdie helps Asia take lead against Europe

Among the notable upsets on Friday were Kang Sung-hoon and Poom Saksansin running Stenson and Alexander Levy off the course after 13 holes, while Fitzpatrick and Pieters fell, 2 and 1, to Ikeda and Gavin Green. "We didn't make a bogey, we made quite a few birdies and in foursomes that's going to be hard to beat, really", Englishman Fleetwood said after the match. "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 believe we can go out in 12 singles and win the singles matches and win this tournament".

Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters won 3-and-2 against Poom Saksansin and Sunghoon Kang to give Bjorn hope of winning the session, but his final two pairings let him down. "Looking forward to the singles and we will see where we are at the end of the day".

"We're not underestimating this team by any means", insisted Casey, who rejoined the European Tour at the start of the season in order to be eligible for September's Ryder Cup, where Bjorn will also captain the European side. "We are slightly disappointed with the outcome today but I'm sure we can rise to what's ahead of us tomorrow", said Bjorn.

"But what I told these guys was "you're not getting blown out".

As golf in Asia continues to grow at a rapid rate, the amount of players from the region making a positive impact on tours around the world points to a bright future for the sport and adds credibility to the EurAsia Cup.

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Nicholas Fung and Haotong Li, Asia, def. Ross Fisher and Bernd Wiesberger, Europe, 3 and 1.

Asia trailed heavily on the first day of the previous competitions in 2014 and 2016, and lost the first match at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club when Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey beat Kiradech Aphibarnrat and An Byeong-hun 4 and 3.

"We're not underestimating this team by any means", said Casey, who won his match with Fleetwood and is representing Europe for the first time in nearly a decade.

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.

Phachara Khongwatmai and Hideto Tanihara, Asua, def. Paul Dunne and Alex Noren, Europe, 2 and 1.

Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson put Europe on the board as they tied the overall score Saturday by handing the visitors a 3 and 2 win over Indian pairing Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P Chawrasia.

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