KUALA LUMPUR: Europe came from behind to overcome Asia 14-10 and clinch their second straight EurAsia Cup with impressive victories in Sunday’s singles matches at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Thomas Bjorn's Europe side had entered the final day of the Ryder Cup-style match play tournament trailing Asia by one point.
But the European golfers were exceptional in the singles, winning eight of the 12 matches over Indian captain Arjun Atwal's men.
Europe thrashed Asia by 13 points in 2016 while the inaugural 2014 edition ended in a tie.
The victory will act as a boost for Bjorn, who will also captain Europe at the Ryder Cup in France this September, with the hosts looking to regain the trophy they lost to the United States at Hazeltine in 2016.
“The strategy was good...we were just outplayed today,” said Arjun
“Team Europe did better in most aspects.”
Team Europe earned US$3.6million (RM14.3million) for their efforts while Team Asia received US$1.2million (RM4.8million).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak gave away the prizes.
Alex Noren started Europe's charge in the first game when he erased Asia's advantage with a 4 and 2 win over Malaysian Nicholas Fung.
Nicholas said: “I knew it would be tough as Noren is among the top golfers in Europe. I just wanted to go out there and learn something today.”
Rafa Cabrera Bello then beat Gavin Green 4 and 3 to put the defending champions ahead before Tommy Fleetwood gave Europe their third point in a row with a 2 and 1 victory over India’s S.S.P Chawrasia.
Poom Saksansin cut the deficit when he beat Paul Casey 1-up but Henrik Stenson re-established a two-point cushion with his 2 and 1 win over Hideto Tanihara.
Bernd Wiesberger and Alex Levy recorded respective victories over Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Kiradech Aphibarnrat before Thomas Pieters gave Europe an unassailable lead.
Englishman Tyrrell Hatton continued his strong form with a 2 and 1 win over India's Anirban Lahiri for his third point of the week, before South Korean Kang Sung Hoon denied Matthew Fitzpatrick victory with two late birdies in their halved match.
Atwal's side won the final two matches to add some respectability with China's Li Haotong and Yuta Ikeda of Japan beating Paul Dunne and Ross Fisher.