KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Asia bucked a contingency and led fortifying champion Europe 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 after a opening day of a EurAsia Cup on Friday.
With Asia holding a lead on a day of consistent drizzle, Li Haotong warranted a biggest hearten for a group in red after he birdied a final hole of a final fourball compare for he and Nicholas Fung to force a pull opposite Europe’s Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello.
Asia seeks a initial win in a third EurAsia Cup.
“I don’t wish to ever sound cocky with a group like Europe, and I’m not going to get cocky, though it’s a good start,” Asia captain Arjun Atwal said.
“I beheld that any singular pairing was gentle with any other. That was my categorical idea this week, to only go out there and have fun.”
Asia trailed heavily on a initial day of a prior competitions in 2014 and 2016, and mislaid a initial compare during Glenmarie Golf and Country Club when Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey kick Kiradech Aphibarnrat and An Byeong-hun 4 and 3.
But a Asians intended by Kang Sung-hoon and Poom Saksansin, who overcame Henrik Stenson and Alexander Levy 5 and 4.
Kang and Poom started with 8 unbroken birdies and went 5 adult in a initial 7 holes. They cumulative feat on a 14th hole to send a swell of certainty by a Asian team.
Yuta Ikeda and Gavin Green kept adult a movement to kick Thomas Pieters and Thomas Fitzpatrick 2 and 1.
Green, who clinched a Asian Tour Order of Merit final month, clinched a compare with dual birdie putts in a final 3 holes to give Asia a second point.
Europe drew turn when Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton brushed aside S.S.P. Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri 5 and 4.
But Asia went behind in front interjection to Hideto Tanihara and teen Phachara Khongwatmai, who kick Alex Noren and Paul Dunne by dual holes.
Captain Thomas Bjorn betrothed Europe will lapse stronger in a 6 foursome matches on Saturday.
“I think that we’ll go out tomorrow and be prepared to play, and foursomes is a really opposite game,” Bjorn said.
“We feel like we knew we could find ourselves in this position, and we knew this Asian group is really clever and really most prepared to play.”