EURASIA Cup 2014: Daily Scores, Analysis, Highlights and More

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

EURASIA Cup 2014: Daily Scores, Analysis, Highlights and More

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    The inaugural EurAsia Cup saw Europe and Asia share the trophy after a stirring comeback from the hosts in Kuala Lumpur.

    The event offered the European team's top golfers a vital and competitive opportunity to jell ahead of the forthcoming Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. 

    Europe were captained by cult hero Miguel Angel Jimenez, who fronted a relatively inexperienced side in terms of Ryder Cups played.

    Despite the team featuring such luminaries as Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson and Stephen Gallacher, they showcased a little naivety on the final day's play, allowing Asia to recover from a four point deficit to take a share of the spoils.

    Team Asia were captained by Thongchai Jaidee and they will take great heart from the fight they showcased here

    Here, we covered all three days of action that took place at the Glenmarie's Garden course.

    Five fourball matches were played on the opening day, followed by five foursomes on the second day and 10 singles matches on the final day of the tournament.

Day 3 Recap

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    Joshua Paul

    Team Asia recovered a from a four point deficit on the final day of the EURASIA Cup 2014 to share the trophy, the final score tied at 10-10.

    Knowing that 10.5 points would be enough to secure the inaugural EURASIA Cup win, team Europe were unable able to secure the 3.5 points required from the ten singles contests on the final day of action.

    Asia won six and halved one of the final day match-ups in a remarkable days play. The drama continued right up until the final hole of the competition, with Europe’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Asia’s Hideto Tanihara sharing a point in the last game on course.

    Here’s the full results from a dramatic final day’s play per BBC Sport:

    Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe) bt Nicholas Fung (Asia) 1up

    Thongchai Jaidee (Asia) bt Graeme McDowell (Europe) 3&2

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Asia) bt Thomas Bjorn (Europe) 2&1

    Jamie Donaldson (Europe) halved with Prayad Marksaeng (Asia)

    Kim Hyung-Sung (Asia) bt Pablo Larrazabal (Europe) 4&2

    Anirban Lahiri (Asia) bt Victor Dubuisson (Europe) 2&1

    Gaganjeet Bhullar (Asia) bt Thorbjorn Olesen (Europe) 4&3

    Joost Luiten (Europe) bt Koumei Oda (Asia) 1up

    Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Europe) halved with Hideto Tanihara (Asia)

    Siddikur Rahman (Asia) bt Stephen Gallacher (Europe) 4&3

     

    Europe’s skipper Miguel Angel Jimenez set a strong early precedent, snatching a point from Nicholas Fung on the 18th hole, leaving the European’s needing just two-and-a-half points for victory.

    But the Asian team, who were 5-0 down after the opening day of play, stormed back. Their skipper Thongchai Jaidee overcame Graeme McDowell in the second match of the day, and pretty soon the scoreboard made for some concerning reading for the European team.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat overcame Thomas Bjorn 2&1, and whilst Jamie Donaldson’s halve with Prayad Marksaeng did puncture a red scoreboard, the Welshman did let a four-hole lead slip.

    There was more Asian success to follow, though. Kim Hyung-Sung, Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhulla all picked up victories over their European opponents. Then, Stephen Gallacher shanked his ball into the rough at the 15th, allowing Siddikur Rahman an easy victory. With that Asia nudged in front for the first time in the tournament.

    They looked like they were about to extend their lead, with Koumei Oda reducing Joost Luiten’s lead from three holes to one, but the Dutchman held his nerve at the 18th to level the scores.

    Both Fernandez-Castano and Tanihara had the chance to win the competition for their team in the last match out on course, but they were both unable to capitalise and the trophy was shared.

    The Asian skipper was obviously delighted with his team’s comeback per Reuters:

    Everyone played really well. I think the match is unbelievable, it was a good finish.

    To end on the last, and on the 18th hole, it's fantastic. I have never seen a match like this. It's very close and amazing.

    We had a good draw and good pairings, I think that's the key point.

    European skipper Jimenez was disappointed not to pick up the trophy after fashioning a handsome lead over the first couple of days, but paid tribute to the resolve of his opponents per Reuters:

    It's an amazing day of golf. It's been very tough. At the end of the week, the European team did not win the tournament but the Asian team, they played very well.

    As I said in the prize giving presentation, Asia, Europe, they both win, nobody loses

    After such an enthralling finale to the competition, it’d be fair to say the Eurasia Cup 2014 was a major success in it’s maiden outing. Both captains and both sets of players relished a new challenge and that paved the way for some marvellous golf over the course of the three days.

    The next tournament is due to take place in Malaysia in 2016, and after all the drama we’ve witnessed here, expect the interest levels to be cranked up either further when these two teams meet again.

Day 2 Recap

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    Team Asia edged their way back into contention against their European counterparts on Day 2 of the EurAsia Cup.

    They won the battle on Friday, defeating Miguel Angel Jimenez's men in the foursomes 3-2 over the five matches. 

    Europe now lead the overall competition 7-3, after whitewashing Asia on the first day of proceedings.

    Friday foursomes    
    TeamPairingScorePairingTeam
    AsiaThongchai JAIDEE & 
    Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
    All SquareMiguel Angel JIMENEZ & 
    Pablo LARRAZABAL
    Europe
    AsiaPrayad MARKSAENG & 
    Hyung-sung KIM
    Asia win 4 & 3Thomas BJORN & 
    Thorbjorn OLESEN
    Europe
    AsiaKoumei ODA & 
    Hideto TANIHARA
    All SquareGonzalo FDEZ-CASTANO & 
    Stephen GALLACHER
    Europe
    AsiaAnirban LAHIRI & 
    Siddikur RAHMAN
    Asia win by 1 holeJoost LUITEN & 
    Victor DUBUISSON
    Europe
    AsiaGaganjeet BHULLAR & 
    Nicholas FUNG
    Europe win 2 & 1Graeme MCDOWELL & 
    Jamie DONALDSON
    Europe

     

    Asia's two victories came from Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung, who beat Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen 4&3, and Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman, who defeated Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson by one hole.

    Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat thought they had got the day off to the perfect start for Asia in the first match, only to be denied by the mercurial Jimenez.

    The Team Europe captain made two eagles at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the second day running. He produced a superb approach to the 18th green to set up fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal for a birdie to square the match. 

    Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Stephen Gallacher also halved their match with Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara, with Gallacher missing from 12 feet on the 18th hole, missing the opportunity to win the tie. 

    Europe's only winners were the final pairing of Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson. They came from behind for the second match running, beating Gaganjeet Bhullar and Nicholas Fung 2&1.

    Overall, Jimenez said he was contented with the day's result. He was quoted by Sky Sports saying:

    At the end of the day I am happy. We managed to half a couple of matches and win another one. It was a tough day in the heat and Asia played very well today. At one point it looked like it was going to be the opposite of yesterday but we managed to get the points and 7-3 is a good lead for tomorrow.

    The third and final day sees 10 singles matches played on Saturday. Here is a list of the matches and tee-off times:

    AsiaNicholas FUNG8:40 a.m.Miguel Angel JIMENEZ Europe
     Thongchai JAIDEE8:52 a.m.Graeme MCDOWELL 
     Kiradech APHIBARNRAT9:04 a.m.Thomas BJORN 
      Prayad MARKSAENG9:16 a.m. Jamie DONALDSON 
      Hyung-sung KIM9:28 a.m. Pablo LARRAZABAL 
      Anirban LAHIRI9:40 a.m. Victor DUBUISSON 
      Gaganjeet BHULLAR9:52 a.m. Thorbjorn OLESEN 
      Koumei ODA10:04 a.m. Joost LUITEN 
      Hideto TANIHARA10:16 a.m. Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTANO 
      Siddikur RAHMAN10:28 a.m Stephen GALLACHER 

    Europe need just three-and-a-half points from the day's play to secure victory and claim the first ever Eurasia Cup.

Day 1 Recap

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    Team Europe took complete control of the EurAsia Cup on Thursday, crushing their Asian opposition in an opening-day whitewash. 

    The opening fourballs played directly into the hands of captain Miguel Angel Jimenez and company, who take a 5-0 lead into Friday.

    Here are the results of each match: 

    Thursday Fourball    
    TeamPairingScorePairingTeam
    AsiaThongchai JAIDEE & 
    Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
    Europe win 2&1Miguel Angel JIMENEZ & 
    Pablo LARRAZABAL
    Europe
    AsiaKoumei ODA & 
    Hideto TANIHARA
    Europe win by 2 holesThomas BJORN & 
    Thorbjorn OLESEN
    Europe
    AsiaPrayad MARKSAENG & 
    Siddikur RAHMAN
    Europe win 3&2Victor DUBUISSON & 
    Joost LUITEN
    Europe
    AsiaGaganjeet BHULLAR & 
    Anirban LAHIRI
    Europe win 4&3Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTANO & 
    Stephen GALLACHER
    Europe
    AsiaHyung-sung KIM & 
    Nicholas FUNG
    Europe win 3&1Graeme MCDOWELL & 
    Jamie DONALDSON
    Europe

    Jimenez led by example, pairing himself with Pablo Larrazabal in the first match for a 2&1 triumph.

    The veteran Spanish golfer hit two eagles and three birdies at Glenmarie to show that he still has the magic touch at 50 years old.

    The only tie to make it to the 18th was the Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen vs. Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara encounter. Europe's pairing eventually won by two holes to take a slim victory. 

    In a tight clash, 10 consecutive holes were halved after the European duo had established an early lead at the fifth hole.

    The biggest scare for Europe came for Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson, who surprisingly found themselves three down after seven holes to Kim Hyung-Sung and Nicholas Fung.

    The Asian duo had birdied the third, fifth and seventh, but McDowell and Donaldson fought back to take the match 3&1. 

    It capped a great day for Europe. They now can look forward to an eventful Friday.

    Here are Friday's foursomes:

    Foursome matches    
    TeamPairingTee off (GMT)PairingTeam
    AsiaThongchai JAIDEE & 
    Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
    9:40 a.m.Miguel Angel JIMENEZ & 
    Pablo LARRAZÁBAL
    Europe
    Asia Prayad MARKSAENG & 
    Hyung-sung KIM
    9:55 a.m. Thomas BJORN & 
    Thorbjorn OLESEN
    Europe 
    Asia Koumei ODA & 
    Hideto TANIHARA
    10:10 a.m. Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTANO & 
    Stephen GALLACHER
    Europe 
    Asia Anirban LAHIRI & 
    Siddikur RAHMAN
    10:25 a.m.Joost LUITEN & 
    Victor DUBUISSON
    Europe 
    Asia Gaganjeet BHULLAR & 
    Nicholas FUNG
    10:40 a.m. Graeme MCDOWELL & 
    Jamie DONALDSON
    Europe