EurAsia Cup 2018: Thomas Bjorn admits sleepless nights over Ryder Cup

Paul Dunne will be in action for Europe this weekend

Paul Dunne will be in action for Europe this weekend

It presents a major opportunity for Dunne to showcase his matchplay credentials in front of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn who also heads the European team this week.

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.

Playing in his second EurAsia Cup, the six-time Asian Tour victor is looking forward to the clash with 12 of Europe's best players at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

Atwal's strategic pairing of Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara where there is a mix of youth and experience could prove to be the difference as they face off with Sweden's Alex Noren and Ireland's Paul Dunne.

Having drawn 10-10 in the inaugural edition in 2014 and going down margin of 18.5 to 5.5 in 2016, Atwal, who is captaining the side for the first time, is eager to set the record straight with a win at the Glenmarie Golf and Counntry Club.

The Asian team, captained by Arjun Atwal of India, includes three of the top five ranked players on the Asian Tour. "I've asked him to fulfill a dual role as a senior player and he has really taken to it". I'm very proud of that, and I've desperately missed it, and I want to play another one.

Thomas Bjorn with the Ryder Cup
Thomas Bjorn with the Ryder Cup

It gives Denmark's Bjorn a great chance to test players in a team environment before the showdown against United States of America in Paris.

Asia seeks its first win in the third EurAsia Cup.

Fitzpatrick, who made his Ryder Cup debut alongside Pieters at Hazeltine, added: "Just to add on Ross' point, I think golf does need a little bit of a different format, maybe more team events, maybe more partner events". "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf".

"It's great to be involved here and I think if anyone said they weren't thinking about the Ryder Cup, even a little bit, then they would be lying", he wrote.

"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said. The European team is strong but we are just as strong. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen". "I've genuinely missed the team element and I've missed my friends in Europe, so I'm probably the most excited guy in the team room here, because I've got so much to gain this week".

Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.

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