Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Captain Atwal ready to deliver at EurAsia Cup

Captain Atwal ready to deliver at EurAsia Cup

The Asian team is comprised of the leading four players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the leading four players from the Official World Golf Ranking and four captain's picks.

The Wicklow golfer is now seventh on the European Points List and sixth on the World Points List in terms of Ryder Cup qualification, which means he's in the automatic qualification spots for the showdown with America in Paris later this year.

The European team, who won the 2016 EurAsia Cup at the same venue, will be captained by Thomas Bjørn of Denmark, who has 21 professional titles to his name.

Bjorn has six players with Ryder Cup experience on his roster in Malaysia and he believes this will be a good dress-rehearsal for him and many of his team.

Kuala Lumpur: Arjun Atwal turned to his close friend Tiger Woods for a word of advice soon after being appointed captain of Team Asia for the third edition of the EurAsia Cup.

"I think it's a super start to the season", said Noren. "We should be able to do well as we try to complement each other", said the 18-year-old Thai.

Paul Dunne is the sole Irish representative on the team.

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"We're very well aware that Asia has never fielded a stronger team than they do this time and golf is a odd game", Bjorn said of an Asian side led by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, China's Li Haotong and India's Anirbhan Lahiri and captained by Atwal, who has sought pal Tiger Woods's advice on managing different personalities and pairings. When I took this role, I was amazed how willing so numerous players were to appear here.

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)". I am very proud of my season past year to get in the team this week, it was a big goal of mine to try to make it.

"I pretty much picked Tiger's brain a little bit because we are really close". 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.

"Everything that people say about it is true, and it's a lot more than you think it will be".

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team".

Malaysia's Nicholas Fung together with China's Li Haotong will then square off against Austria's Bernd Wiesberger while the Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia will try to wrap up the points for Team Asia in their last match against England's Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton.

"I've got a very good Ryder Cup record, and a very good match play record, I've only ever lost two matches in a Ryder Cup".

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