Europe retain EurAsia Cup

Ireland’s Paul Dunne celebrates with the trophy after Europe’s win in the Eur Asia Cup

Team Asia continued their strong performance at the 2018 EurAsia Cup golf championship with another three points in the foursome format (alternate shot) on the second day of competition.

Thomas Bjorn's side trailled 6½-5½ going into the final day but asserted their dominance by winning eight of the opening nine singles matches.

"From there, to then go out and do the job the way they did today shows a lot about the character of these 12 guys and it shows a lot about the character of European golf and it shows a lot about what we are", added the Dane.

Paul Casey lost by one hole to Poom Saksansin but Henrik Stenson vanquished Hideto Tanihara.

Alex Noren beat Nicholas Fung 4&2, and Rafa Cabrera Bello then beat Gavin Green 4&3 before Tommy Fleetwood made it three in a row with a 2&1 victory against SSP Chawrasia.

Major victor Henrik Stenson put another point on the board for Europe when he defeated Japan's Hideto Tanihara while Austria's Bernd Wiesberger took them three points clear with a victory over Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai.

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France's Alexander Levy then brought Europe to within a point of retaining the EurAsia Cup when he defeated Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat 3&1.

Pieters had gone 4-up in his match and, despite An drawing level, he holed a seven-foot putt at the 15th to regain the lead and then won the next hole to secure the trophy.

"It always nice to get the winning point".

Tyrrell Hatton also won his match, and Matthew Fitzpatrick took a half point.

Asia, captained by Arjun Atwal, won the final two matches as China's Li Haotong and Yuta Ikeda of Japan beat Paul Dunne and Ross Fisher respectively.

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