The Asian team jumped out to a 3-1/2 to 2-1/2 lead over the European Team at Day One of the Eurasia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM being held at the Glenmarie G&CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In the two-man competition, the Asians won three matchups outright and halved a fourth. Yuta Ideka and Gavin Green defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters 2&1; Hideto Tanihara and Phachara Khongwatmai defeated Alex Noren and Paul Dunne by 2 holes; and in the biggest upset of the day, Sunghoon Kang and Poom Saksansin defeated Henrik Stenson and Alexander Levy 5&4.
Ironically, the Asian team’s two most prolific two-man teams both suffered defeat on the opening day. Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia fell to Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton 5&4 and Byeong Hun An and Kiradech Aphibarnrat lost to Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey 4 &3.
Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello halved their match against Nicholas Fung and Haotong Li.
The tournament will continue with six foursomes tomorrow and then 12 singles matches on Sunday. The first team to 12-1/2 points will win. This is the third meeting in the current format, all three being played in Malaysia.
In 2014, the matchup ended in a 10-10 tie. In 2016, Team Europe routed its opponents by a 18-1/2 to 5-1/2 count.