Paul Dunne On European Team For EurAsia Cup

2018 Ryder Cup

The local heroes are expected to pull in big crowds to the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club when Asia takes on a Thomas Bjorn-led Team Europe in the three-day Ryder Cup-styled event, which will tee off on Jan 12.

That did not translate into Ryder Cup success at Hazeltine, however, with Europe suffering their first defeat since 2008 and Bjorn's first in six contests as either a player or vice-captain.

Tommy Fleetwood, who won the season ending Tour Championship will lead the 10 automatic qualifiers that include England's Tyyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, Paul Dunne (Ireland), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), and Swedish duo Alex Noran and Henrik Stenson.

It may not be the Ryder Cup but for Paul Dunne and his European teammates, this week's EurAsia Cup is the closest they will get to an audition for September's main event in Paris.

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"I noticed that every single pairing was comfortable with each other".

Captain Thomas Bjorn promised Europe will return stronger in the six foursome matches on Saturday.

It gives Denmark's Bjorn a great chance to test players in a team environment before the showdown against U.S. in Paris. "We're a long, long way from it, but another opportunity is what I'm here for and here is just the start of it".

"I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game, " Bjorn said.

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Bjorn has six players with Ryder Cup experience on his roster in Malaysia and he believes this will be a good dress-rehearsal for him and many of his team.

"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said. This is no such thing as an underdog in match play golf. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen". I felt like I was missing out a couple years ago, watching Darren Clarke and his great team and not being in the Ryder Cup was a huge factor.

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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