Paul Dunne On European Team For EurAsia Cup

Bjorn Atwal

And Casey, who has lost only two matches in his three Ryder Cup appearances, is determined to prove he deserves to be back in the fold when Europe host the US at Le Golf National in Paris in late September.

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.

As will a week as part of a team that includes some pretty impressive Ryder Cup records in the likes of Henrik Stenson, 2016 star Thomas Pieters and the returning Paul Casey.

Seasoned Ryder Cup golfer Paul Casey of England and France's Alex Levy completes Team Europe as the two wildcards picked by Bjorn. "But it was disappointing that I didn't do enough, and I didn't play good enough golf to make enough points to make the team".

"There's an excitement about representing Europe. It takes a lot of guts and hunger to win a golf tournament, and all 12 of my players have it", he said. "They want to win".

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six fourball matches, followed by six foursome matches and 12 singles matches on the final day.

"It hurt a lot", he admitted to Sky Sports.

"So being here with them for a whole week and spending some different time with them is key". I'm very proud of that, and I've desperately missed it, and I want to play another one. I am sure they will be, though. We are all good players and we are ready.

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"It would be wonderful to be in the team for Paris in the autumn but to do that I'm going to have to qualify by having a great year".

"I think this is good for us, giving us encouragement and motivation".

"If that's the way Paul (McGinley) and Darren (Clarke) approached their captaincy, it's probably the reason I am approaching mine in the same way, and the reason that whoever is the next captain has to take the same approach".

"I think that's the most important for Asia".

Thomas Bjorn dismissed any suggestions that his Europe-led contingent will steamroll to another landslide victory over Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup which begins on Friday at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Asia captain Atwal believes his youthful team, which boasts 11 European Tour titles between them, including multiple winners Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and India's SSP Chawrasia, has the strength in depth to turn the contest in Asia's favour. The European team is strong but we are just as strong.

European players have called for more match play events as they relish the chance for head-to-head competition at the EurAsia Cup this week. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

Along with 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson, Bjorn boasts European Tour order of merit victor Tommy Fleetwood, as well as fellow young English hotshots in Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick.

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