EurAsia Cup: Team Europe stars call for more match play tournaments

Fleetwood insists he is not taking a Ryder Cup place as guaranteed

Fleetwood insists he is not taking a Ryder Cup place as guaranteed

It presents a major opportunity for Dunne to showcase his matchplay credentials in front of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn who also heads the European team this week.

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.

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.

"I thought that I might play a few tournaments in December, but when I came off the 18th green at the Nedbank Golf Challenge I changed my mind and was glad not to be playing in December, because I have so many thoughts about the team".

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The event in Kuala Lumpur sees Casey return to the team fold for the first time in 10 years, having failed to make three Ryder Cups in a row before making himself ineligible for the 2016 match at Hazeltine by not rejoining the European Tour.

Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

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. You don't want to let him down and he doesn't want to let you down and you still obviously have got to play two other guys and you're trying to beat them.

Darren Clarke's team romped to a 18-5 triumph here two years ago and with six of the world top 20 in his ranks, Bjorn goes in even more impressively loaded. The European team is strong but we are just as strong.

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"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".

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)".

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. I saw Davis (Love III) at a range somewhere and I kind of told him that I was captaining. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

The Indian, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2003, is counting on Korea's Byeonghun An and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat to deliver the first point in their opening match against England's Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

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