EurAsia Cup: Team Europe stars call for more match play tournaments

EurAsia Cup: Team Europe stars call for more match play tournaments

Team Asia captain Arjun Atwal asserted on Thursday that he intends to win the third edition of the EurAsia Cup golf tournament by unleashing his strongest pairings in Fridays opening Fourball matches.

The event sees Europe take on a team from Asia.

Noren is joined by the likes of reigning Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood, former Open champion Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera-Bello in a formidable European team that will present their Asian counterparts with a stiff challenge.

The Wicklow golfer is now seventh on the European Points List and sixth on the World Points List in terms of Ryder Cup qualification, which means he's in the automatic qualification spots for the showdown with America in Paris later this year. You don't want to let him down and he doesn't want to let you down and you still obviously have got to play two other guys and you're trying to beat them.

Captain Thomas Bjorn promised Europe will return stronger in the six foursome matches on Saturday.

Bjorn has six players with Ryder Cup experience on his roster in Malaysia and he believes this will be a good dress-rehearsal for him and many of his team.

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Fitzpatrick, who made his Ryder Cup debut alongside Pieters at Hazeltine, added: "Just to add on Ross' point, I think golf does need a little bit of a different format, maybe more team events, maybe more partner events".

The winning team will share the prize money of US$3.6 million (RM14.4 million) while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million (RM4.8 million).

"It's great to be involved here and I think if anyone said they weren't thinking about the Ryder Cup, even a little bit, then they would be lying", he wrote.

"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

"I used all of December to get these thoughts down on paper and get my head straight about how I want this team to take shape".

Along with 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson, Bjorn boasts European Tour order of merit victor Tommy Fleetwood, as well as fellow young English hotshots in Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick.

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