Europe not underestimating Asia ahead of EurAsia Cup

Thomas Bjorn captain of Team Europe plays a shot during the Eurasia Cup Pro Am at Glenmarie G&CCin Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Stuart Franklin  Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn takes leaf out of Jurgen Klopp's book after Liverpool manager's EurAsia Cup message

Obviously I love playing the majors and big tournaments but sometimes I can get a bit uninterested.

Playing in his second EurAsia Cup, the six-time Asian Tour victor is looking forward to the clash with 12 of Europe's best players at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club. Those results were enough to get him into the team for the matchplay competition against Team Asia at Glenmarie Golf Club in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Tommy Fleetwood, who won the season ending Tour Championship will lead the 10 automatic qualifiers that include England's Tyyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, Paul Dunne (Ireland), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), and Swedish duo Alex Noran and Henrik Stenson.

Experienced Englishman Paul Casey and France's Alex Levy are Bjorn's two wildcard picks against an Asian side led by three-time European Tour victor Arjun Atwal of India.

"It hurt a lot", admitted Casey, right, in an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the EurAsia Cup, which got underway today and sees the Europeans as hot-favourites to defend the trophy with a team containing six players in the world's top 20. Yes, I can spend time with them on Tour, but there they are very into their own commitments and what they want to do.

Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised. 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. Writing in a player blog on the European Tour website, Dunne says he is fully aware of how this week could impact on his chances of booking a place at Le Golf National later this year.

Arjun Atwal turned to close friend Tiger Woods for advice after being appointed captain of Team Asia for the upcoming third edition of the EurAsia Cup.

"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".

"I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game, " Bjorn said.

Green, who clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit last month, clinched the match with two birdie putts in the final three holes to give Asia its second point.

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