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EurAsia Cup: Team Europe stars call for more match play tournaments

EurAsia Cup: Team Europe stars call for more match play tournaments

He has since returned to the Tour and has been selected by current Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn for the upcoming the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

It may not be the Ryder Cup but for Paul Dunne and his European teammates, this week's EurAsia Cup is the closest they will get to an audition for September's main event in Paris.

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.

Noren is joined by the likes of reigning Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood, former Open champion Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera-Bello in a formidable European team that will present their Asian counterparts with a stiff challenge.

Paul Dunne will have his first taste of playing for Europe this weekend ahead of a possible Ryder Cup debut in September.

Captain Thomas Bjorn, the Dane will also be skipper against the United States, has paired him with Alex Noren in Friday's opening fourballs.

As will a week as part of a team that includes some pretty impressive Ryder Cup records in the likes of Henrik Stenson, 2016 star Thomas Pieters and the returning Paul Casey.

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The Asian team, captained by Arjun Atwal of India, includes three of the top five ranked players on the Asian Tour.

"But it was disappointing that I didn't play good enough golf to make enough points to make the team".

Team Asia have only seven in Top-100 for the third edition of the EurAsia Cup. You don't want to let him down and he doesn't want to let you down and you still obviously have got to play two other guys and you're trying to beat them. "It really is on my mind all of the time, and no matter what little thing I'm thinking about, it has a Ryder Cup perspective". "We're a long, long way from it, but another opportunity is what I'm here for and here is just the start of it".

"I really think it will really help to hopefully have a few more events like this and grow the game even more".

"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". I've never questioned the captain's decision in any team event I've played in.

Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.