Team Asia holds on to lead in second day of Eurasia Cup

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But the formidable partnership of Malaysia's Gavin Green and Japan's Yuta Ikeda, who had earlier won their fourball match, gave Team Asia a huge psychological boost when they beat Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and France's Alexander Levy by one hole.

Bjørn said: "We got off to a really good start and things looked like they were going our way and it turned a little bit on its head in the end".

"It feels great. I love matchplay, especially when you have a partner like Tommy Fleetwood", said Casey, who was one of Bjorn's two wildcard selections. "Otherwise I wouldn't be here", said Atwal.

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

Arjun, an eight-time victor on the Asian Tour, also said Thailand's Poom Saksansin and South Korean Kang Sunghoon in match four against Team Europe helped give Team Asia a much-needed early boost.

"I would say that this team is very capable of winning the Singles but we are getting a good fight this week, that's for sure".

"Putting wins matches. If you make putts, you're going to win matches". "If you asked me if I'm surprised or shocked, I'm not".

Henrik Stenson and Fleetwood defeated Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia 3&2 on Saturday
Henrik Stenson and Fleetwood defeated Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia 3&2 on Saturday

China's Li Haotong and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung then completed another memorable day for Team Asia when they won another point by beating England's Paul Casey and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger 3&1.

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.

"I'm slightly disappointed with the outcome today but I'm sure we can rise to what's ahead of us tomorrow".

Le Golf National in Paris will host the 42nd Ryder Cup in September when the Dane will lead a side trying to wrest the title back from the United States, who last won in Europe 25 years ago.

Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson put Europe on the board as they tied the overall score Saturday by handing the visitors a 3 and 2 win over Indian pairing Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P Chawrasia.

India's experienced duo of Lahiri and Chawrasia paid dearly for their patchy start over the first five holes, by which time Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood were 3-up.

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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