Sport Pieters scores winning point as Europe defend EurAsia Cup

09:05  14 january  2018
09:05  14 january  2018 Source:   Omnisport

Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead

  Asia retain narrow EurAsia Cup lead Asia are well-placed to win the EurAsia Cup for the first time after an even day two in Malaysia.Asia produced a strong finish to take a one-point lead through two days of the EurAsia Cup against Europe on Saturday.

Belgium's Thomas Pieters scored the winning point as Europe produced a dominant display in the Singles matches to win the 2018 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.

Asia staged a late comeback to maintain its slim lead over defending champion Europe , 6 ½ to 5 ½, on the second day of the EurAsia Cup on Saturday. The pair, who had beaten Pieters and Fitzpatrick on Friday, gained the upper hand on the 17th when the Europeans bogeyed. Buoyed by that win

ThomasPieters-cropped: Belgian golfer Thomas Pieters © Provided by Omnisport Belgian golfer Thomas Pieters

Europe dominated in Malaysia on Sunday as the defending champions successfully retained their EurAsia Cup crown.

Belgian golfer Thomas Pieters scored the winning point to inspire a 14-10 victory for Europe in the third edition of the biennial tournament.

Asia held a one-point lead heading into the third and final day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club but the visiting Europeans – who needed seven points to win – won eight of the first nine matches.

Europe regained the lead thanks to Pieters' seven-foot putt before the 25-year-old won the next hole to guarantee the trophy stayed in European hands.

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The final hole against An Byeong-hun was halved in fours as Pieters – who finished tied for fourth at the Masters last year – celebrated in Kuala Lumpur.

"It's always nice to get the winning point. I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies," he said.

Alex Noren (four and two), Tommy Fleetwood (two and one), Henrik Stenson (two and one), Rafa Cabrera Bello (four and three), Bernd Wiesberger (two and one), Alexander Levy (three and one), Pieters (1 hole) and Tyrell Hatton (two and one) were triumphant for Europe, while Matthew Fitzpatrick's singles match against Sunghoon Kang was halved.

Asia won the final two ties thanks to Yuta Ikeda and Li Haotong against Ross Fisher and Paul Dunne respectively.

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