Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand looks to his shot at the 16th hole while losing 2-and-1 to Bernd Wiesberber of Austria during their singles match of the 2018 EurAsia Cup golf tournament at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on Sunday.
Europe's number one Tommy Fleetwood earned another point for his team when he brought down India's S.S.P. Chawrasia 2&1 before Thailand's Poom Saksansin gave Asia a brief reprieve, beating England's Paul Casey by one hole. "When you're one or two down in matchplay, you can easily flip that, and they did", Asia captain Arjun Atwal said. Europe thrashed them the last time it was held in 2016 while the inaugural 2014 edition ended in a tie.
Tyrrell Hatton added another point for the Europeans with a 2 and 1 win over Anirban Lahiri, before Asia came back to secure some pride in the final score.
Captain Thomas Bjorn, who will have been impressed with several players ahead of the Ryder Cup clash against the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in late September, said on the European tour website: "I'm very proud of them - a great team, great morale".
Asia is seeking its first win in the third EurAsia Cup. It's just unfortunate that we ran into a buzzsaw today. We knew that and we knew what we had to do. "It shows a lot about what we are, and to watch them from the sidelines doing what they do best has been a pleasure". "But I'm proud of my players, every single one of them".
On whether a change in order of the players he field could have put some pressure on Europe, he added, "Whichever order I would have put today, those guys really played well today".
"I knew they were going to go top heavy, we all knew that". We wanted to win, we didn't want to travel this far at this time of the year not to win. But just talking about this whole competition today, I don't think it had anything to do with experience.
"It was a great performance today, from every single one of them".
"You play for very few points the first two days and then you play for a lot of points on Sunday, and that's the way these events are. We had a really good group and we worked hard", Bjorn said after Pieters beat An Byeong-un of South Korea 1-up to seal Europe's triumph.
Rafa Cabrera Bello then beat Gavin Green 4 and 3 to put the defending champion ahead before 2017 Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood gave Europe its third point in a row with a 2 and 1 victory against S.S.P Chawrasia of India.