Arjun Atwal turns to Tiger Woods for advice before EurAsia Cup


Europe's golfers will be hoping to impress Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn when the EurAsia Cup starts in Malaysia early tomorrow morning.

On Friday he will tee off in the EurAsia Cup for the first time when Europe take on Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Paul Dunne is the sole Irish representative on the team.

"I thought that I might play a few tournaments in December, but when I came off the 18th green at the Nedbank Golf Challenge I changed my mind and was glad not to be playing in December, because I have so many thoughts about the team".

It feels quite big for me, especially when I haven't played that many (team events) before.

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Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

The Asian team, captained by Arjun Atwal of India, includes three of the top five ranked players on the Asian Tour.

European players have called for more match play events as they relish the chance for head-to-head competition at the EurAsia Cup this week. I'm very proud of that, and I've desperately missed it, and I want to play another one.

"I've got a very good Ryder Cup record, and a very good match play record, I've only ever lost two matches in a Ryder Cup".

The winning team will share the prize money of US$3.6 million (RM14.4 million) while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million (RM4.8 million).

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Asia captain Atwal believes his youthful team, which boasts 11 European Tour titles between them, including multiple winners Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and India's SSP Chawrasia, has the strength in depth to turn the contest in Asia's favour.

"It's great to be involved here and I think if anyone said they weren't thinking about the Ryder Cup, even a little bit, then they would be lying", he wrote.

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy). I think we're in a good place with the pairings we have".

"There's all the stuff that happens off the course, all the friendships you build in the team room, all the amusing moments, and stressful moments, it's the fabric that makes your career". "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".

Now back in the European team fold for the first time in ten years at this week's EurAsia Cup, Casey has reflected on his omission back in 2010 and said he holds no grudges against the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit victor.

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