Europe beats Asia to win EurAsia Cup

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

Europe's Thomas Pieters shakes hands with Asia's Byeong Hun An after winning his match during Sunday singles at the 2018 EurAsia Cup.

Chinese golfer Li Haotong brought Team Asia the lead over Team Europe with a birdie on the last hole on Friday in the first day of Eurasia Cup.

Thomas Bjorn's side trailled 6½-5½ going into the final day but asserted their dominance by winning eight of the opening nine singles matches.

Asia salvaged some pride with three points from victories by Thailand's Poom Saksansin, Japan's Yuta Ikeda and China's Li Haotong.

Atwal praised his team, saying they had "hung in there" in the face of an onslaught from Team Europe. "My guys are all champions".

But he insisted his 12-man team were not cruising towards an easy win in the $4.8 million tournament: "It's nearly anybody's game tomorrow".

Europe won the 2016 edition of the tournament dubbed the "Ryder Cup of the East", with the first in 2014 ending in a 10-10 tie.

The win in the $4.8 million tournament will come as a relief for Bjorn, who is also Europe's Ryder Cup captain and is gearing up for the showdown against the US in September.

"But we live to fight another day", he added.

Sweden's Alex Noren earlier got the Europeans off to a good start by beating Malaysia's Nicholas Fung 4-2 to level the tournament.

The pair upstaged India's S.S.P. Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri courtesy of seven birdies, including a five-foot birdie putt from Fleetwood which sealed the win on the 16th hole.

But the tide turned in favour of the Asians with a dramatic victory for Green and Ikeda at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club near Kuala Lumpur.

Alex Noren (four and two), Tommy Fleetwood (two and one), Henrik Stenson (two and one), Rafa Cabrera Bello (four and three), Bernd Wiesberger (two and one), Alexander Levy (three and one), Pieters (1 hole) and Tyrell Hatton (two and one) were triumphant for Europe, while Matthew Fitzpatrick's singles match against Sunghoon Kang was halved.

Belgium's Thomas Pieters scored the winning point as he beat South Korea's Byeong-hun An by one hole.

The pair's impressive win featured six birdies.

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