Asia leads Europe by 1 level after first day of EurAsia Cup

Asia leads Europe by 1 level after first day of EurAsia Cup

"It was a really good morning, we played really solid", added Fleetwood.

Despite his win, England's Casey said his opponents fought hard: "What great golf we played, but the Asians threw a lot at us".

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team", the 44-year-old said. "We have got to go out and put some blue on the board and try to win the singles".

Europe's third victory of the day came in the fourth foursomes match as Fitzpatrick and Pieters carded four successive birdies from the 5th to take control against Poom Saksansin and Sunghoon Kang, who had both impressed together in seeing off Alexander Levy and Stenson on Friday.

An ecstatic Arjun Atwal, Asia's captain said, "I have said from the beginning that this team is capable of winning and I have believed in them".

"I am looking forward to the singles". You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen.

Europe entered the match as heavy favorites, but will have to dominate the singles to help give Bjorn a taste of success before he captains Europe in this year's Ryder Cup.

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Though two days of action remain, that the results are even close is a surprise.

English pair Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton clawed back some ground for Team Europe with a win over Indian duo Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P Chawrasia, before Japan's Hideto Tanihara and Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai scored a two-hole triumph over Sweden's Alex Noren and Ireland's Paul Dunne.

Atwal believes Team Asia can lift the trophy: "I absolutely believe that otherwise I wouldn't be here".

Six players in the world's top 20-Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Alex Noren and Paul Casey-are teeing it up, along with young guns like Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters.

Asia battled successfully in the latter half to win three matches in a row and keep their noses ahead at 6 ½ to 5 ½ at the end of foursomes matches.

With Asia holding the lead on a day of constant drizzle, Li Haotong earned the biggest cheer for the men in red after he birdied the final hole of the final fourball match for he and Nicholas Fung to force a draw against Europe's Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The anchor match saw Bernd Wiesberger partner Englishman Ross Fisher, a victor on Friday, against Haotong Li and Nicholas Fung but despite moving 2up at the par five 6th green Asia responded quickly and Li continued his strong putting display from the opening day's play to secure a 3&1 win and maintain Asia's slender advantage heading into Sunday's singles.

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