Bjorn eyes EurAsia victory with Ryder Cup in mind

Thomas Bjorn

Casey is part of the European team, led by Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, taking on Arjun Atwal's Asia in Malaysia this week.

It may not be the Ryder Cup but for Paul Dunne and his European teammates, this week's EurAsia Cup is the closest they will get to an audition for September's main event in Paris.

With that longer-term goal in mind, Bjorn has six former Ryder Cup players at his disposal in a 12-man team that will take part in the third edition of the EurAsia Cup at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

They join Swedes Henrik Stenson (world No 9) and Alex Noren (19); England's Paul Casey (14), Tyrrell Hatton (17), Tommy Fleetwood (18), Matthew Fitzpatrick (29) and Ross Fisher (31); Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello (20); Belgium's Thomas Pieters (38) and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger (42) in a side that features several likely members of Bjorn's 2018 Ryder Cup team. Asia have what is probably their strongest team ever in this event and we have to be focused.

It feels quite big for me, especially when I haven't played that many (team events) before.

Captain Thomas Bjorn, the Dane will also be skipper against the United States, has paired him with Alex Noren in Friday's opening fourballs. "So, those 12 players in that room are very aware that they have got to go out and play golf this week". I have players from all over. "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf".

"I'm personally in a good place in my life and when I'm having fun playing golf, I usually play my best, and I think that's kind of true for most people".

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

Asia captain Atwal revealed he had a chance to ask Tiger Woods for advice on leading his team.

"I think this is good for us, giving us encouragement and motivation".

"There's all the stuff that happens off the course, all the friendships you build in the team room, all the amusing moments, and stressful moments, it's the fabric that makes your career".

The pride of Greystones (25) had a stellar record in team matchplay combat as an amateur, winning the Palmer Cup, the St Andrews Trophy and the Home Internationals in 2014 before helping Great Britain and Ireland to Walker Cup glory the following year.

Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.

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