EurAsia Cup: Asia comeback leaves Europe trailing by one point


Asia retains its one point lead going into Sunday's singles, leading the European team 6.5 to 5.5.

They dominated throughout the match, with Kang firing birdies on the first two holes, and Poon scoring a birdie on the 14th.

"It feels great. I love matchplay, especially when you have a partner like Tommy Fleetwood", said Casey, who was one of Bjorn's two wildcard selections.

"I believe in all 12 of them, as I always will". "We have got to go out and put some blue on the board and try to win the singles".

"It's as simple as that. Today, we made a couple and hopefully tomorrow, they will drop".

"A lot of these guys have come out and there are cobwebs and rust that needs to be knocked off". "Not quite what we were looking for".

"The competitive awareness still needs to get up a gear and that needs to be there tomorrow or we won't win". This against an Asian contingent that boasts just one player (Yuta Ikeda) inside the top 40, with half the team residing outside the OWGR top 100.

Atwal praised his 12-man team's positive start - but insisted it was not yet time to celebrate.

Tommy Fleetwood of Europe laughs with Alexander Levy and Thomas Pieters during the fourballs matches on day one of the 2018 Eur Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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

Cabrera-bello's incredible putting into the second nine saw the European pair go from two down to one up in the space of three holes.

"I learn something every second of the day when I'm a captain, but I don't only do that here". At this stage, it looked like Europe was ready to pull away.

Europe had taken an early lead, with Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey defeating Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and South Korea's An Byeong-Hun for a 4-3 win.

Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters then gave Europe a two point-lead with a 3 and 2 win against Kang Sung-hoon and Poom Saksansin in the fourth match of the day.

But Green and Ikeda claimed a thrilling win over Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alexander Levy, securing three of the final four holes.

That point sparked a comeback for Asia as Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara showed their putting prowess to bring down Sweden's Alex Noren and Ireland's Paul Dunne 2&1.

Europe took the lead at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club after winning its first three foursomes on Saturday, but Asia pulled level before Li Haotong and Nicholas Fung beat Europe's Ross Fisher and Bernd Wiesberger 3 and 1 for the lead.