However, the Arjun Atwal-captained Asia team, finished with a flourish by picking up the remaining three points to end the day 6 1/2-5 1/2 ahead, retaining their hopes of winning a first EurAsia Cup title at the third edition of the event. Otherwise I wouldn't be here.
However, Thomas Bjorn's side were far less convincing this time around, with Europe finding themselves down in four matches and all-square in the other two as Asia dominated the early stages of the first day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Green, who clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit last month, clinched the match with two birdie putts in the final three holes to give Asia its second point.
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After a very quiet opening to the Selhurst Park clash, Wilfried Zaha set up Sako whose first-time effort was blocked. "Anything else would be a huge bonus, especially having started with seven games, seven defeats and no goals".
The pair of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Byeonghun An lost their match to Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey 4&3 while Indian duo Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia was beaten by Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton 5&4. "I'm very pleased with their pairing and everything that has been leading up to it and the way they have delivered", said Atwal.
The anchor match saw Bernd Wiesberger partner Englishman Ross Fisher, a victor on Friday, against Haotong Li and Nicholas Fung but despite moving 2up at the par five 6th green Asia responded quickly and Li continued his strong putting display from the opening day's play to secure a 3&1 win and maintain Asia's slender advantage heading into Sunday's singles. The winning side always drains putts, whether they are long or short. "People like to say this American team are the strongest team ever and maybe they are, but I'm very comfortable with where we are".
Li and Fung regained Asia's lead by brushing aside Fisher and Wiesberger 3 and 1.
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"I've lived all my Ryder Cup life as an underdog and we won the overwhelming number of the matches I've been involved in, so, no, it's not a bad place for us to be", Bjorn said, reflecting on three wins in three matches as a player and three out of four as an assistant captain.
With Asia holding the lead on a day of constant drizzle, Li Haotong earned the biggest cheer for the men in red after he birdied the final hole of the final fourball match for he and Nicholas Fung to force a draw against Europe's Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello. I believe in all 12 of them, as I always will.
"We are taking this very seriously, so the score you see on the leaderboard right now is not through complacency - they have played some unbelievable golf to be in this position". "We are slightly disappointed with the outcome today but I'm sure we can rise to what's ahead of us tomorrow", said Bjorn.
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