Paul Dunne On European Team For EurAsia Cup

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Bjorn is the skipper for this event, as he will be when they face the United States of America in Paris this September.

The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday.

Along with Dunne, the current side includes Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood, who won last season's Race to Dubai, Tyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Belgian Thomas Pieters, and the Swedish duo of Alex Noren and Henrik Stenson.

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Klopp had a helpful message for Europe's players Credit Getty images

With a youthful and dynamic team at his disposal, Atwal believes his team can match-up to anyone on any given day and is looking forward to an exciting contest at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

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. Yes, I can spend time with them on Tour, but there they are very into their own commitments and what they want to do.

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. "I've asked him to fulfill a dual role as a senior player and he has really taken to it".

In his third appearance in the EurAsia Cup golf tournament, local professional player Nicholas Fung is hoping that he would get the best pairing to start off his challenge in the championship.

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)". Writing in a player blog on the European Tour website, Dunne says he is fully aware of how this week could impact on his chances of booking a place at Le Golf National later this year. I think he's a good captain for us.

Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen". "I wasn't on the team two years ago and I would have loved to be on the team, and this year, I'm happy to be on it".

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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