Paul Casey denies complacency played part in early EurAsia Cup set back

Paul Casey denies complacency played part in early EurAsia Cup set back

Paul Casey denies complacency played part in early EurAsia Cup set back

Atwal would have been anxious that the scoreline was running away from the hosts but their comeback began with the match of the day as Yuta Ikeda and Gavin Green won three of the final four holes against Levy and Rafa Cabrera Bello to secure a winning point on the 18th green.

"We got off to a really good start today and things looked like (they were) going our way, but at the end there was a comeback by the Asian team and it ended up three-three", Bjorn said.

"I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game", Bjorn said.

"It's a good start but I don't want to ever sound cocky with a team like Europe", he said.

"We believe we can go out in 12 singles and win the singles matches and win this tournament".

Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters, Europe, def. Sunghoon Kang and Poom Saksansin, Asia, 3 and 2. "If you're just one or two down, matches can flip". "I noticed that every single pairing was comfortable with each other".

"But what I told these guys was "you're not getting blown out".

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

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"Whether we would be able to communicate, I am not so sure, but of course we, countries, have to work with the United States", he said.

After trailing 3 ½ to 2 ½ on Friday's fourballs, Europe drew level through the forceful pairing of Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson.

"Putting wins matches. If you make putts, you're going to win matches".

As golf in Asia continues to grow at a rapid rate, the amount of players from the region making a positive impact on tours around the world points to a bright future for the sport and adds credibility to the EurAsia Cup.

They dominated throughout the match, with Kang firing birdies on the first two holes, and Poon scoring a birdie on the 14th.

Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, both from England, put Team Europe ahead with a 2-1 victory over Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and South Korea's An Byeong-Hun.

In the last edition of the event, a Darren Clarke-captained European team romped to an 18 1/2-5 1/2 blowout win over their Asian counterparts in the second edition of the biennial matchplay contest in 2016.

Haotong, partnering Malaysia's Nicholas Fung, gave Asia the much needed halve against Bernd Wiesberger-Rafael Cabrera Bello when he birdied the 18th, a shot Arjun could not take his mind off.

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.

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