Noren: EurAsia Cup a super start to 2018

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It presents a major opportunity for Dunne to showcase his matchplay credentials in front of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn who also heads the European team this week.

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.

The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday.

They join Swedes Henrik Stenson (world No 9) and Alex Noren (19); England's Paul Casey (14), Tyrrell Hatton (17), Tommy Fleetwood (18), Matthew Fitzpatrick (29) and Ross Fisher (31); Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello (20); Belgium's Thomas Pieters (38) and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger (42) in a side that features several likely members of Bjorn's 2018 Ryder Cup team. We are all good players and we are ready.

"I don't want to ever sound cocky with a team like Europe, and I'm not going to get cocky, but it's a great start, " Asia captain Arjun Atwal said. Plus, Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup and 2016 Ryder Cup. "So, those 12 players in that room are very aware that they have got to go out and play golf this week".

Experienced Englishman Paul Casey and France's Alex Levy are Bjorn's two wildcard picks against an Asian side led by three-time European Tour victor Arjun Atwal of India. "So for me, it has been a little bit of a challenge but it's fun, as well". "So that's how match play helps me".

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Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Nicholas Fung, who will be making his third appearance at the EurAsia Cup, is equally hopeful of putting a dent in Team Europe's title defence.

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.

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)". "I even wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it".

"There's all the stuff that happens off the course, all the friendships you build in the team room, all the amusing moments, and stressful moments, it's the fabric that makes your career. What I'm looking for is someone to hit longer for me and that will be easier for me", said the 27-year-old Sabahan.

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