Sunday, 17 January 2016
Day 3 Highlights - EurAsia Cup

Danny Willett clinched an emphatic victory for Europe at the EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM.

Darren Clarke's men sealed the win with eight of Sunday's singles matches still out on course when Willett scored Europe's fourth point of the day after Ian Poulter, Andy Sullivan and Lee Westwood had set the ball rolling.

The visitors went on to record a comprehensive 18½-5½ win as they lifted the trophy for the first time after the inaugural event ended in a 10-10 tie two years ago.

Englishman Willett bounced back from going two down against Byeong-hun An after seven holes by winning four of the next five holes to lead by two.

A birdie at the 15th saw Willett go three up before An pegged him back with a birdie of his own at the next.

But Willett sent his tee shot at the short 17th onto the green, and with An unable to card a birdie, the Yorkshireman sealed victory for Europe.

For the third consecutive day, Ryder Cup star Poulter put Europe's first point on the board after beating Danny Chia 4 and 3.

Sullivan then completed his 4 and 3 victory over Thongchai Jaidee before Westwood raced to an impressive 7 and 6 win against Nicholas Fung.

After Willett had seen off the challenge of An, Matt Fitzpatrick increased Europe's advantage by beating the winner of last year's Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play Kiradech Aphibarnrat by two holes.

The hosts rallied and boosted their points tally thanks to victories for K.T Kim and Anirban Lahiri over Bernd Wiesberger and Shane Lowry respectively.

Kristoffer Broberg was the next European to put a point on the board, beating Shingo Katayama 5 and 4 in match ten.

Jeung Hun Wang held his nerve to roll in his birdie putt at the 18th and ensure that his match with Ross Fisher ended all square, but there was more success to come for Europe.

Chris Wood edged out SSP Chawrasia at the 18th to win by one hole and Dane Søren Kjeldsen knocked in his eight-foot putt at the 16th to beat Prayad Marksaeng 3 and 2 before Victor Dubuisson beat Wu Ashun by one hole to complete Europe's win.

  

Clarke, who will also captain Europe's Ryder Cup team later in the year, was delighted with what he saw from his players in Malaysia this week. He said: "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. 

"But if the players don't play and don't perform, you can be the best captain in the world and you're not going to win.

This belongs to the players; the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant - Darren Clarke

Europe's captain's picks Poulter and Westwood were two of three players to deliver a point on all three days of the tournament, along with fellow Englishman Sullivan.

Westwood shone on day three, winning three of the first four holes to establish an early lead.

The 42 year old was pegged back by opponent Fung at the sixth, with the Malaysian carding a birdie to cut the Englishman's lead to two.

But Westwood responded in style, winning five of the next six holes on his way to a stunning victory.

Westwood said: "I think everybody has played well this week and obviously contributed. That's why the scoreline has ended up as it is.

"I hit the ball pretty well this week and obviously won three points, so it's nice to contribute.

"There's young lads on this team and ones that are going to be playing in The Ryder Cup obviously later on in the year.

"This is going to be a great experience for them, just feeding them into team golf gradually. And I'm sure they will benefit from this week. Nothing but positives to come out."

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