EurAsia Cup 2018: Thomas Bjorn admits sleepless nights over Ryder Cup


The Europeans will be guided by future Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, while Arjun Atwal takes charge of Team Asia.

Fisher, who starred in Europe's thrilling Ryder Cup win in 2010, said: "I love match play".

Atwal's strategic pairing of Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara where there is a mix of youth and experience could prove to be the difference as they face off with Sweden's Alex Noren and Ireland's Paul Dunne.

And Casey, who has lost only two matches in his three Ryder Cup appearances, is determined to prove he deserves to be back in the fold when Europe host the U.S. at Le Golf National in Paris in late September.

"SSP and I are very comfortable playing with each other".

Captain Thomas Bjorn, the Dane will also be skipper against the United States, has paired him with Alex Noren in Friday's opening fourballs. We have played so much golf together. "I've asked him to fulfill a dual role as a senior player and he has really taken to it".

Casey could have challenged for a place in the 2016 team but made himself unavailable for the defeat at Hazeltine by not being a member of the European Tour at the time.

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"It's great to be involved here and I think if anyone said they weren't thinking about the Ryder Cup, even a little bit, then they would be lying", he wrote.

"It hurt a lot", admitted Casey, right, in an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the EurAsia Cup, which got underway today and sees the Europeans as hot-favourites to defend the trophy with a team containing six players in the world's top 20.

European players have called for more match play events as they relish the chance for head-to-head competition at the EurAsia Cup this week.

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)".

"I think this is good for us, giving us encouragement and motivation".

"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.

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