KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Asia staged a late quip to say a slim lead over fortifying champion Europe, 6.5 to 5.5, on a second day of a EurAsia Cup on Saturday.
“We came out of a event during 3-3 that wasn’t what we were looking for, though we live to quarrel another day,” Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said. “We have got to go out and put some blue on a house and try to win a singles.”
Europe took a lead during Glenmarie Golf and Country Club after winning a initial 3 foursomes on Saturday, though Asia pulled turn before Li Haotong and Nicholas Fung kick Europe’s Ross Fisher and Bernd Wiesberger 3 and 1 for a lead.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Team Asia in movement during a foursomes matches on day dual of a 2018 EurAsia Cup.
“No one was 4 or 5 down after 6 holes. When you’re one or dual down in compare play, we can simply flip that, and they did,” Asia captain Arjun Atwal said. “If we asked me if I’m astounded or shocked, I’m not. My guys are all champions.”
After trailing 3.5 to 2.5 on Friday’s fourballs, Europe drew turn by a forceful pairing of Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson.
The span upstaged India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri pleasantness of 7 birdies, including a five-foot birdie putt from Fleetwood that hermetic a win on a 16th hole.
Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton afterwards gave Europe a lead with a 2-and-1 feat over Kiradech Aphibarnrat and An Byeong-hun, before Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters doubled a advantage by violence Poom Saksansin and Kang Sung-hoon 3 and 2. At this stage, it looked like Europe was prepared to lift away.
But Gavin Green, who clinched a Asian Tour Order of Merit final month, and Yuta Ikeda started a comeback, commencement with a 1-hole feat over Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alexander Levy.
The pair, who had beaten Pieters and Fitzpatrick on Friday, gained a top palm on a 17th when a Europeans bogeyed.
Buoyed by that win, Phachara Khongwatmai and Hideto Tanihara total to kick Paul Dunne and Alex Noren 2 and 1 to pull a teams turn after going dual adult during a 12th hole, and progressing standard for a point.
Li and Fung regained Asia’s lead by brushing aside Fisher and Wiesberger 3 and 1.
There are 12 singles matches on Sunday.