Saturday, 16 January 2016
Ian Poulter  (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter (Getty Images)

History repeated itself on Saturday as Ian Poulter helped Europe put their first point on the board on day two of the EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM.

The 40 year old, who along with Bernd Wiesberger delivered the visitors' first point in the fourball matches on Friday, was on song again as he and Danny Willett beat Byeong-hun An and Thongchai Jaidee 3 and 2 in the first match of Saturday's foursomes.

Poulter and Willett were one of just two European pairs to be leading as the Englishmen reached the turn, with Asia ahead in four matches as they looked to bounce back from finishing day one 4½ - 1½ behind.

But Europe had turned things around by the time the first match had finished, with Darren Clarke's men 5½ - 1½ up and leading in three other matches.

Willett and Poulter found themselves two up after two holes without making a single birdie, with Asia twice missing the chance to halve the hole.

The Englishmen extended their lead at the fifth after Willett sent his tee shot to within a foot of the hole, and the Sheffield native sank his ten foot putt at the sixth to give his pair a four-hole lead.

An and Jaidee took a hole back at the next, but Willett and Poulter won the ninth to regain their four-hole lead.

The Asian pair reduced the deficit to two holes by taking the 12th and 13th before Europe won the 14th and safely parred the next two holes to close out victory.

Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick, who were also leading earlier in the day, were three up after ten holes, while Wiesberger and Ross Fisher recovered from going one down after the first hole to lead by two after 15.

Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan were three up after 14 thanks to some superb putting from Sullivan, while Victor Dubuisson and Søren Kjeldsen were one down against Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung with six holes left to play in match five. 

Kristoffer Broberg and Chris Wood were losing by two holes to Kiradech Aphibarnrat and SSP Chawrasia after 14 holes.

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