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Europe's Ryder hopefuls face Asia in EurAsia

12 January 2018

He has since returned to the Tour and has been selected by current Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn for the upcoming the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

The pride of Greystones (25) had a stellar record in team matchplay combat as an amateur, winning the Palmer Cup, the St Andrews Trophy and the Home Internationals in 2014 before helping Great Britain and Ireland to Walker Cup glory the following year.

Bjorn, who will captain Europe against United States of America in September, has six Ryder Cup veterans among his players as they take on Team Asia today.

Casey has an excellent Ryder Cup record
Casey has an excellent Ryder Cup record

With a youthful and dynamic team at his disposal, Atwal believes his team can match-up to anyone on any given day and is looking forward to an exciting contest at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

Along with Dunne, the current side includes Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood, who won last season's Race to Dubai, Tyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Belgian Thomas Pieters, and the Swedish duo of Alex Noren and Henrik Stenson.

The event sees Europe take on a team from Asia. Plus, Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup and 2016 Ryder Cup.

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Seasoned Ryder Cup golfer Paul Casey of England and France's Alex Levy completes Team Europe as the two wildcards picked by Bjorn. So, those 12 players in that room are very well aware that they have to go out and play golf this week. It really is on my mind all of the time, and no matter what little thing I'm thinking about, it has a Ryder Cup perspective.

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with one day of six Fourball matches, followed by six Foursome matches and 12 Singles matches on the third day. The European team is strong but we are just as strong.

"There's all the stuff that happens off the course, all the friendships you build in the team room, all the amusing moments, and stressful moments, it's the fabric that makes your career".

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"I think the commitment from the players early on, wanting to play in this event, shows where European golf is", Bjorn said.

Along with 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson, Bjorn boasts European Tour order of merit victor Tommy Fleetwood, as well as fellow young English hotshots in Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick.

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Europe's Ryder hopefuls face Asia in EurAsia