Sunday singles rally allows Europe to pull out victory at EurAsia Cup

Sunday singles rally allows Europe to pull out victory at EurAsia Cup

The result in the foursome matches sets up a tense showdown for Sunday's singles, with Indian captain Arjun Atwal's team fighting for Asia's first ever victory in the Ryder Cup-style match play tournament.

Kuala Lumpur: Asia staged a dramatic comeback against defending champions Europe to hang on to a one-point lead Saturday in the second day of the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

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.

It was followed by the English duo of Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton who beat Team Asia's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) and An Byeong-hun (South Korea), 2&1 and England's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Belgium's Thomas Pietrers who defeated Thailand's Poom Saksansin and South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon, 3&2. "They have been fantastic all week", said Bjorn.

Helped by victories from the last two Scottish Open champions, Alex Noren and Rafa Cabrera Bello, Europe triumphed 8.5-3.5 in the final session at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur to run out 14-10 winners.

"I think that's what I take away from this week - 12 great guys, 12 guys that wants to go places in the game of golf".

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.

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. "I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies", he said.

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

Asia finished the day with victories in the final two matches as Yuta Ikeda - the only Asia player to win all his matches - and Haotong Li - unbeaten during the week - defeated British Masters champion Paul Dunne.



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