Europe, in Ryder Cup prep, beats Asia in EurAsia Cup

Team Europe successfully defended their Eur Asia Cup gold title with a wonderful display in the singles matches

Team Europe successfully defended their Eur Asia Cup gold title with a wonderful display in the singles matches

Team Europe finally found their rhythm as they steamrolled Team Asia in the singles today to win the EurAsia Cup golf tournament for the second time in three editions.

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.

Asia, captained by Arjun Atwal, won the final two matches as China's Li Haotong and Yuta Ikeda of Japan beat Paul Dunne and Ross Fisher respectively.

Bjorn hailed his side's victory in the $4.8 million event: "It was a great performance today from every single one of them".

At the inaugural competition held in 2014, Team Europe and Team Asia ended the match with a 10-10 draw.

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.

Europe dominated from the start Sunday and their winning point came when Belgium's Thomas Pieters defeated South Korea's An in a hard-fought match.

The Dane is also Europe's Ryder Cup captain and the Malaysian event was a chance for him to prepare for the showdown with the U.S. in France in September.

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The victory will act as a welcome boost for Bjorn, who will also captain Europe at the Ryder Cup in France this September, with the hosts looking to regain the trophy they lost to the United States at Hazeltine in 2016.

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

He then added: "I am very proud, actually". We all have to do our own part today. "It shows a lot about what we are, and to watch them from the sidelines doing what they do best has been a pleasure".

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.

The Belgian scored a seven-foot putt at the 15th to move back out in front before winning another hole, ensuring Europe would retain the trophy. "I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies".

Alex Noren got the ball rolling with a 4 and 2 win over Nicholas Fung, before Rafa Cabrera-Bello gave Europe the lead when he beat Gavin Green 4 and 3.

England's Tyrrell Hatton then beat India's Anirban Lahiri before South Korea's Sunghoon Kang and England's Matthew Fitzpatrick shared the spoils.

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