Europe battle back to retain EurAsia Cup

Erika Holt
January 14, 2018

Skipper Thomas Bjorn's side had entered the final day of the Ryder Cup-style match play tournament in Malaysia trailing Asia by one point.

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

Asia held a surprise lead going into the final day's play at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club but the European team fought back to overturn the point deficit, winning eight of the day's 12 individual match-ups and halving another to retain the trophy with a 14-10 win.

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.

"I'm delighted the way these 12 came out".

The victory will act as a welcome boost for Bjorn, who will also captain Europe at the Ryder Cup in France this September, with the hosts looking to regain the trophy they lost to the United States at Hazeltine in 2016.

"We had a really good group and we worked hard".

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"To then go out and do the job the way they did today shows a lot about the character of these 12 guys and it shows a lot about the character of European golf and it shows a lot about what we are".

Thomas Bjorn's side put blue on the board early doors - winning seven of their first eight matches - and claimed eight points from the 12 singles matches, with Asia securing three wins and the remaining match finishing all square.

Rafa Cabrera Bello then beat Gavin Green 4 and 3 to put the defending champions ahead before 2017 Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood gave Europe their third point in a row with a 2 and 1 victory against S.S.P Chawrasia of India.

Bernd Wiesberger and Alex Levy also secured wins to leave Pieters in a position to pounce for overall victory.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton then beat Anirban Lahiri 2&1 before Matthew Fitzpatrick halved his match against Sunghoon Kang.

Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara beat Ireland's Paul Dunne and Alex Noren of Sweden, and Asia's comeback was complete with a 3-1 victory for China's Li Haotong and Malaysian Nicholas Fung.

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