Europe face tough battle in EurAsia Cup Singles
Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 13: Team Europe will have to overcome an inspired Asian side in the final day Singles at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM after the home team staged a brilliant recovery during the Saturday Foursomes in Kuala Lumpur.
Europe had looked on course to banish the memory of their 3½-2½ defeat in Friday’s Fourball session when they put the first three points on the board on Saturday.
But the momentum shifted Asia’s way as the second day drew to a close, with victory in the three other matches handing them a 6½-5½ overall lead.
Europe took control early on Saturday and were ahead in three matches and all square in the other three as the morning turned into the afternoon at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood was once again sent out to lead the visitors on Saturday and, playing alongside Ryder Cup star Henrik Stenson, delivered a 3&2 win against Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P Chawrasia.
Fleetwood, who alongside fellow Englishman Paul Casey had won the first point in the fourball matches, holed the winning putt from four feet at the 16th to level the tournament.
And with Casey and Tyrrell Hatton wrapping up a 2&1 win against Byeong Hun An and Kiradech Aphibarnrat shortly after, Europe took an overall 4½-3½ lead.
Europe looked to be cruising when Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters’ 3&2 win against Sunghoon Kang and Poom Saksansin ensured they could not lose the session but the tide then turned in Asia’s favour.
Yuta Ikeda and Gavin Green delivered the result of the day as they won three of the last four holes to beat Alex Levy and Rafa Cabrera Bello by one hole and secure an unlikely point for Arjun Atwal’s side.
Hideto Tanihara and 18 year old Phachara Khongwatmai then beat Paul Dunne and Alex Noren in a repeat of yesterday’s fourball match, winning 2&1 before an incredible putting display from Li Haotong helped him and Nicholas Fung to a 3&1 victory against Bernd Wiesberger and Ross Fisher in the last match of day two.
Saturday Foursomes Results:
Match One: Henrik Stenson & Tommy Fleetwood 3&2 defeated Anirban Lahiri & S.S.P. Chawrasia
Match Two: Paul Casey & Tyrrell Hatton 2&1 defeated Byeong Hun An & Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Match Three: Rafa Cabrera Bello & Alex Levy defeated by1 hole Yuta Ikeda & Gavin Green
Match Four: Thomas Pieters & Matthew Fitzpatrick 3&2 defeated Sunghoon Kang & Poom Saksansin
Match Five: Alex Noren & Paul Dunne 2&1 defeated by Hideto Tanihara & Phachara Khongwatmai
Match Six: Ross Fisher &Bernd Wiesberger 3&1 defeated by Nicholas Fung & Li Haotong
Team Europe: 5½
Team Asia: 6½