Europe see off Asia to retain EurAsia Cup

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Europe retained the EurAsia Cup after putting on a sensational showing on the final day to tame Asia 14 to 10, courtesy of eight wins in the 12 singles matches on Sunday.

Major victor Henrik Stenson put another point on the board for Europe when he defeated Japan's Hideto Tanihara while Austria's Bernd Wiesberger took them three points clear with a victory over Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai.

Japan's Yuta Ikeda and China's Li Haotong salvaged some pride for Team Asia by beating England's Ross Fisher and Ireland's Paul Dunne respectively.

Asia has never won the biennial Ryder Cup-style tournament.

The team led by Thomas Bjorn added an eight-and-a-half points from today's singles events for overall points of 14 to win the tournament by four points.

Meanwhile, Team Asia's captain Arjun was proud with his team's performance, despite losing to Team Europe in the final round after leading the competition in the first two days.

Hatton and Fleetwood won three points out of three on their EurAsia Cup debuts, and will want to replicate that form in this year's Ryder Cup in Paris. "There was a determination and a will of wanting to win this".

"I learned a lot about myself this week", said Bjorn, whose team included six Ryder Cup veterans.

Europe captain Thomas Bjorn stands behind the trophy as his team pose for
Europe captain Thomas Bjorn stands behind the trophy as his team pose for

"We wanted to come out here and show that European golf is more than 12 strong".

"Very proud, actually. They are a great group of guys".

"They are all awesome players, it's just unfortunate that we ran into a buzzsaw today", he said. It looked like every time I watched my players, they were hitting the edges and it seemed like Europe, every time I watched them, they were either chipping in or making a lot of birdies.

Alexander Levy put Europe within striking distance of the title with a 3 and 1 victory over Kiradech Aphibarnrat, before Thomas Pieters confirmed the title with a 1 up win over An Byeong-hun.

Pieters won the next two holes to ensure the trophy would be returning to Europe. "Then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies", Pieters said after his winning point.

Alex Noren of Sweden delivered the day's first point with a convincing 4&2 win over Malaysia's Nicholas Fung.

South Korea's Kang Sung-Hoon halved his match with England's Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello then defeated Malaysia's Gavin Green 4-3, and victories followed for Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, world number nine Henrik Stenson and a host of other Europeans.

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