Arjun Atwal turns to Tiger Woods for advice before EurAsia Cup

Arjun Atwal turns to Tiger Woods for advice before EurAsia Cup

Arjun Atwal turns to Tiger Woods for advice before EurAsia Cup

"We're very well aware that Asia has never fielded a stronger team than they do this time and golf is a odd game", Bjorn said of an Asian side led by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, China's Li Haotong and India's Anirbhan Lahiri and captained by Atwal, who has sought pal Tiger Woods's advice on managing different personalities and pairings.

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But Asia went back in front thanks to Hideto Tanihara and teenager Khongwatmai Phachara, who beat Alex Noren and Paul Dunne by two holes.

The Wicklow golfer is now seventh on the European Points List and sixth on the World Points List in terms of Ryder Cup qualification, which means he's in the automatic qualification spots for the showdown with America in Paris later this year.

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

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The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches across three days of competition - six Fourball matches on the opening day, followed by six Foursome matches on day two and 12 Singles matches on the final day.

"I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game, " Bjorn said. That's something that says a lot about those 12 players in there.

"SSP and I are very comfortable playing with each other".

"I'm personally in a good place in my life and when I'm having fun playing golf, I usually play my best, and I think that's kind of true for most people".

With a youthful and dynamic team at his disposal, Atwal believes his team can match-up to anyone on any given day and is looking forward to an exciting contest at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

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"I used all of December to get these thoughts down on paper and get my head straight about how I want this team to take shape".

Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised.

Although the EurAsia Cup captaincy role is a first for Atwal, the Indian is revelling in it and already has his strategy mapped out with sound advice from close friends. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

Beside Fung, also in the team is compatriot and recently crowned 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit, Gavin Kyle Green.

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