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Asia takes on Europe in Kuala Lumpur

Can the big improver in 2015, Lahiri, put the drama of the Presidents Cup behind him (Photo: Bruce Young)
The Asia and European Tours usually join forces in events in Asia but this week they do battle or at least representatives from those regions do when the Eurasia Cup is played at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

In a Ryder Cup style match-up, the event between players from Europe and Asia is being played for the second occasion although in 2016 there is a much more bona fide feel to the event with a stronger line-up of Europeans than was the case when the two teams tied 10 – 10 in 2014.

The European side consists of the likes of Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Shane Lowry, Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Victor Dubuisson, Ross Fisher, Soren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Bernd Wiesberger and Kristoffer Broberg.

They will be matched against Anirban Lahiri, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Byeonghun An, K.T. Kim, Shingo Katayama, Wu Ashun, Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng, S.S.P. Chawrasia, Danny Chia, Nicholas Fung and Jeunghun Wang.

Darren Clarke and Jeev Milkha Singh are the respective captains.

The teams are evenly matched within the first four or five players although beyond that the gap appears with just six Asians inside the top 100 in the world while all 12 of the Europeans are inside the world top 80.

On paper therefore the Europeans appear the likely winners although these style of events are often open for upsets.

The event consists of six Fourball matches on Friday, six Foursome matches on Saturday and twelve Singles matches on Saturday.      

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