Europe battle back to retain EurAsia Cup
Europe won seven of their first eight matches on Sunday to successfully complete the defence of their crown
Thomas Pieters scored the winning point as Team Europe came from behind to beat Asia 14-10 and retain the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Asia took a one-point lead into the final day at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club but, in the end, the strength in depth of Thomas Bjorn’s side proved decisive.
Europe won seven of their first eight matches on Sunday to successfully complete the defence of their crown with several matches still to play.
Belgium’s Pieters won four of the first six holes against Byeong Hun An but the South Korean bounced back to level the match on the 14th.
Pieters then went on to win the next two holes to ensure the trophy would be returning to Europe, and eventually secured victory on the 18th.
Pieters told the European Tour website: “It’s always nice to get the winning point.
“I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies.”
Alex Noren beat Nicholas Fung 4&2 to get Europe going and Rafa Cabrera Bello then beat Gavin Green 4&3 before Tommy Fleetwood made it three in a row with a 2&1 victory against SSP Chawrasia.
Paul Casey was beaten by one hole against Poom Saksansin but Henrik Stenson saw off Hideto Tanihara.
Bernd Wiesberger and Alex Levy also secured wins to leave Pieters in a position to pounce for overall victory.
Tyrrell Hatton also won his match, with Matthew Fitzpatrick picking up half a point and Paul Dunne and Ross Fisher losing their head-to-heads.
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