Team Asia finishes strong at 6 1/2 to continue its lead
Team Asia will head into Sunday’s singles matches with a one-point lead over Europe with a competitive finish on day two of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM. The points tally now at 6 1/2 – 5 1/2.
Nicholas Fung and @haotong_li put the final foursomes match point on the leaderboard for #TeamAsia. Team Asia has a one point lead going into Sunday finals at the @EurAsiaCupGolf. pic.twitter.com/Jfh5rNWluz
— Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) January 13, 2018
Team Asia has never led in the past two editions of the EurAsia Cup, but Asian Team looks confident for its first-ever EurAsia Cup, subject to a continuous stellar performance even on Sunday from the team, where matches will be in a singles format.
European Team entered the second round of the event to settle their Friday’s defeat of 3 1/2 – 2 1/2 from the Asian Team, which looked quite possible with the way Fleetwood and Stenson were controlling the situation winning 3 and 2 against Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia, a straight second day loss for the Indian duo.
The Asian duo of Byeong Hun An and Kiradech Aphibarnrat were defeated by Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton with 2 and 1 on the board, taking European Teams lead to 4 1/2 – 3 1/2.
Europe started looking better than the first round and it was meant to be their day when the team of Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters won 3 & 2 over Asian Team consisting Poom Saksansin and Sunghoon Kang, but it was the last bit of wind in their favor.
Soon Yuta Ikeda & Gavin Green delivered the result of the day, winning three of the last four holes to beat Alex Levy & Rafa Cabrera Bello by one hole and secure a point for the Asian Team.
Hideto Tanihara and Phachara Khongwatmai defeated Paul Dunne and Alex Noren by 2 & 1.
Continuing his remarkable putting from the opening round Li Haotong helped him and Fung to win 3 & 1 against Bernd Wiesberger and Ross Fisher.
Day 2 results
Yuta Ikeda & Gavin Green 1up against Rafa Cabrera Bello & Alexander Levy
Tommy Fleetwood & Henrik Stenson win 3&2 against SSP Chawrasia & Anirban Lahiri
Paul Casey & Tyrrell Hatton win 2&1 against Kiradech Aphibarnrat & Byeong Hun An
Matthew Fitzpatrick & Thomas Pieters win 3&2 against Poom Saksansin & Sunghoon Kang
Phachara Khongwatmai & Hideto Tanihara win 2&1 against Paul Dunne & Alex Noren
Li Haotong & Nicholas Fung win 3&1 against Ross Fisher & Bernd Wiesberger