The Europeans couldn’t win very much playing as a team, but when it was every man for himself, they could’t be stopped.
Trailing 6-1/2 to 5-1/2 after two days of competition at the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia, the Europeans won 8 of the first 9 singles matches on Sunday to rally to a 14-10 win over their Asian opponents.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters cinched the victory with a 1 up win over South Korea’s Byeong-Hun An.
Sweden’s Alex Noren started the rally with a 4 & 2 whipping of Nicholas Fung. Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Bernd Wiesberger, Alexander Levy and Tyrrell Hatton all followed with victories for the Europeans.
“They knew they had to keep going until the end,” Bjorn said, “they knew they were up against something—there was a special atmosphere in that Asian team—and they knew they had to work hard. Today, I can only say that every single one of them stood up and did everything they could and I’m just very proud of these boys.”
The Europeans viewed the competition as a warm-up to the 2018 Ryder Cup coming to Paris later this year. They are still smarting from losing the 2016 Cup, 17-11, to the US. In 2016 in Minnesota the US never trailed, won for the first time since 2008 and had its biggest victory points-wise since 1981.