Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Asia take shock lead over Europe in EurAsia Cup

Asia take shock lead over Europe in EurAsia Cup

But Japan's Yuta Ikeda and Malaysia's Gavin Green won three of the last four holes for a rousing 1-up win over Alex Levy and Rafa Cabrera for Arjun Atwal's Asia.

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.

"I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game", Bjorn said. But despite leading by one at the 18th tee, Europe could not find a birdie at the last and had to settle for half a point. "Looking forward to the singles and we will see where we are at the end of the day".

"And when you're just one or two down in match play, you can easily flip that, and they did".

"I would say that this team is very capable of winning the Singles but we are getting a good fight this week, that's for sure".

Kang and Poom started with eight successive birdies and went five up in the first seven holes.

Arjun, an eight-time victor on the Asian Tour, also said Thailand's Poom Saksansin and South Korean Kang Sunghoon in match four against Team Europe helped give Team Asia a much-needed early boost. That has always been my belief since I took up this captaincy.

Li and Fung were 2-up after the turn but Team Europe bounced back superbly to lead 1-up in their match when they birdied, eagled and birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th holes respectively before Li holed a 15-feet birdie on the 18th hole to snatch a late draw.

Team Europe's captain Thomas Bjorn knows of his tough task ahead of the final Singles matches and is determined to put up a stiff challenge against an inspired Team Asia.

Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, playing alongside Ryder Cup star Henrik Stenson, delivered a 3 and 2 win against Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P Chawrasia.

However, Hideto Tanihara and the 18-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai put Asia back in front with a 2-up victory over Alex Noren and Paul Dunne, leaving it to Cabrera-Bello and Wiesberger to ensure the champions headed into the weekend on level terms.

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.

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