Darren Clarke’s European side secured an emphatic 18 1/2 – 5 1/2 victory over Asia in the EurAsia Cup at Glenmarie after today’s singles matches.
Needing 3 1/2 points from the singles to secure the win in the second edition of the event, the Europeans sprinted off the blocks to win the first four matches and end any hopes of a dramatic comeback from Jeev Milkha Singh’s Asian side. In the inaugural event two years ago, Team Asia came back from a four-point deficit to snatch a thrilling 10-10 draw.
Englishman Danny Willett secured the 13th point to ensure an outright European win, beating Korean Byeonghun An 3&1 at Glenmarie’s Garden Course.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung, who secured halves for Asia in the fourballs and foursomes, were unable to reproduce their heroics of the first two days losing to Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood respectively.
Clarke, who is also Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for this September’s showdown against the Americans at Hazeltine, paid tribute to his team. “The team have played fantastic this week. There have been a lot of positives this week. I’ve learnt a few things and hopefully I’ll do a better job come September.,” he said.
Ian Poulter bt Danny Chia 4&3
Danny Willett bt Byeonghun An 3&1
Andy Sullivan bt Thongchai Jaidee 4&3
Matthew Fitzpatrick bt Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2-up
Shane Lowry lost to Anirban Lahiri 2&1
Bernd Wiesberger lost to K.T. Kim 3&2
Lee Westwood bt Nicholas Fung 7&6
Ross Fisher halved with Jeunghun Wang
Chris Wood bt S.S.P. Chawarasia 1-up
Kristoffer Broberg bt Shingo Katayama 5&4
Victor Dubuisson bt Wu Ashun 1-up
Soren Kjeldsen bt Prayad Marksaeng 3&2