Asian debutants sparkle at EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM
Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 13: Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai proved they can take on the best players from Europe by maintaining their unbeaten streak at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.
Green and Phachara have so far won their fourballs and foursomes matches with their respective Japanese partners Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara while China’s Li Haotong, who is also making his debut at the EurAsia Cup, showed he can be counted upon as he sunk a birdie on the last hole to halve his last fourball match against Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello on the opening day.
Li continued his effective partnership with Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung when they wrapped up the day’s matches with a convincing 3&1 victory over Bernd Wiesberger and Ross Fisher of England.
Green underlined his growing credentials as Asia’s number one as he held his nerve to deliver another morale boosting point for the team.
They had stood on the verge of a foursomes whitewash after the Europeans had put the first three points on the board at one stage.
Phachara then steadied the ship with Tanihara by bringing down Alex Noren of Sweden and Ireland’s Paul Dunne 2&1 to shift the momentum back to Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Did you know?
- The pairings of Team Asia were unchanged in the Saturday Foursomes as Green, Ikeda, Tanihara, Phachara, Fung and Li remain unbeaten. Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton have also won all their matches for Team Europe so far.
- Green and Ikeda ended their round in a flourish after going 2-down through 14 holes before winning the next three holes. They parred 18 to win by one hole.
- They made a total of four birdies in their foursomes match to contribute the first points for Team Asia today.
- Tanihara and Phachara combined perfectly again to win their match on the 17th hole after making six birdies.
- The pairing of Tanihara and Phachara proved to be a highly successful one by team captain Arjun Atwal despite the age gap of 21 years.
- Li and Fung were 2-down after five holes but fought back to all square after the ninth hole. From there they never trailed Team Europe again and claimed a stunning 3&1 victory.
- This is the first time Fung has ever won a match in the EurAsia Cup after playing in the last two editions.
- Team Asia has never led after two days at the EurAsia Cup. They currently hold a one point lead over Team Europe. Asia has never won three matches in the Foursomes format but in terms of points, this matches the most points earned in 2014 where they won and halved two matches.
- Anirban Lahiri of India has not won a match in this year’s showpiece. However, he holds the best Singles record for Team Asia where he won his matches in 2014 and 2016.