Sport Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead

09:21  13 january  2018
09:21  13 january  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Bjorn wary of Asian strength

  Bjorn wary of Asian strength Thomas Bjorn has warned his European team not to underestimate the strength of Asia at this week's EurAsia Cup.Thomas Bjorn has warned his European team not to underestimate the strength of Asia ahead of this week's EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

This gave the Asian side a narrow lead for the day. Bjorn said the result in the .8 million EurAsia Cup , which runs till Sunday at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, showed that Asia was producing more strong players.

A brilliant birdie at the last from Li Haotong saw Asia finish the opening day of the 2018 EurAsia Cup with a 3½-2½ lead . The Asian pair went five up inside seven holes after starting the day with eight straight birdies.

KhongwatmaiTanihara - Cropped: Phachara Khongwatmai and Hideto Tanihara © Provided by Omnisport Phachara Khongwatmai and Hideto Tanihara

Asia produced a strong finish to take a one-point lead through two days of the EurAsia Cup against Europe on Saturday.

Carrying a 3.5 - 2.5 lead into the second day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Asia retained their advantage thanks to late wins in the foursomes.

The duos of Gavin Green and Yuta Ikeda, Phachara Khongwatmai and Hideto Tanihara and Li Haotong and Nicholas Fung helped Asia into a 6.5 - 5.5 lead.

That has left Asia well-placed to win the event for the first time heading into 12 singles matches on Sunday.

Europe, captained by Thomas Bjorn, had fought back early on Saturday in Malaysia.

Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood (3 and 2 against Shiv Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri) and Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton (2 and 1 against Kiradech Aphibarnrat and An Byeong-hun) had lifted Europe.

But Green and Ikeda claimed a thrilling win over Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alexander Levy, securing three of the final four holes.

While Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters helped Europe to another point, Asia claimed the final two matches of the day to edge ahead once more.

Flanagan sentenced for assault on his girlfriend .
Jon Flanagan has been sentenced for an assault on his girlfriend. The Liverpool defender received a 12-month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity days. On top of that, 40 hours of unpaid work in the community. The assault happened on Duke Street in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of December 22nd, the maximum sentence for which is a six-month jail term. The judge said: “You are a relatively young man with no previous convictions and it is therefore sad that you have come before the court today due to your behaviour.” “This is an unpleasant episode…as we have discussed at the previous hearing this was not just a single act in that few minutes it was a matter of this lady going to the floor twice and you used your foot on her on one occasion.” “I find this was a category two offence, this lady does have injuries but of course she did not attribute those injuries to you.” “You claim to have no memory of this incident which does suggest you were very drunk indeed.” Flanagan was credited for his early guilty plea and will now have to serve his sentence. Any suggestion of compensation to the defendant was not considered as the couple still live together.

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