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13 January 2018, 09:04 | Sandy Nunez

Paul Dunne will be in action for Europe this weekend

Paul Dunne will be in action for Europe this weekend

Atwal will captain opposite 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, who will lead the European team.

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.

Team Asia have only seven in Top-100 for the third edition of the EurAsia Cup.

"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.

Captain Thomas Bjorn, the Dane will also be skipper against the United States, has paired him with Alex Noren in Friday's opening fourballs. Plus, Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup and 2016 Ryder Cup. I'm very comfortable with him because of the same language we speak and we've played together on many occasions, so that's a very good thing. "It takes a lot of guts and hunger to win a golf tournament, and all 12 of my players have it", he said. Writing in a player blog on the European Tour website, Dunne says he is fully aware of how this week could impact on his chances of booking a place at Le Golf National later this year. "Plus, at 40, how many more Ryder Cups do I have the opportunity to play in?"

"We feel like we knew we could find ourselves in this position, and we knew this Asian team is very strong and very much ready to play".

Thomas Bjorn with the Ryder Cup
Thomas Bjorn with the Ryder Cup

Although the EurAsia Cup captaincy role is a first for Atwal, the Indian is revelling in it and already has his strategy mapped out with sound advice from close friends.

The winning team will share the prize money of US$3.6 million (RM14.4 million) while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million (RM4.8 million).

"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".

The Englishman made his Ryder Cup debut in Europe's 2004 victory at Oakland Hills and helped the team retain the title two years later at the K Club near Dublin.

Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Gavin Green of Malaysia, his compatriot Nicholas Fung, India's Anirban Lahiri, South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon and An Byeong-un, Thai pair Phachara Khongwatmai and Poom Saksansin, China's Li Haotong and Japanese duo Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara complete the side.

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