KIRADECH AND CHAWRASIA STRIKE LONE WIN FOR ASIA IN EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM
Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 16: Lone Asian victors, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and S.S.P. Chawrasia, have vowed to fight till the end after Europe opened up a six-point lead following the conclusion of day two at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM .
Kiradech and Chawrasia, who lost their opening fourball match , dovetailed superbly in the foursomes format to hold off Kristoffer Broberg and Chris Wood by 2-holes at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
With Asia losing four matches and Malaysia’s Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung securing a half point, Europe now leads Asia 9-3 with 12 singles matches remaining.
Chawrasia and Kiradech were always in control in their foursomes match, going 3-up at the turn. Wood and Broberg fought back with birdies on 12 and a par on 17 to trail by 1-down but Kiradech, Asia’s number one in 2013, rolled in a 20-foot birdie on the last to secure a priceless point for Team Asia.
“Both of us played really solid golf today. We recovered well and holed lots of putts. It was a great partnership and we really played well as a team,” said Kiradech.
Chawrasia was delighted they managed to play to their strengths and redeemed themselves after losing in the fourball session.
“Kiradech is a long hitter and I’m good in my short game. So we complemented each other well. If he made a mistake with his drives, I can help recover in the short game. And vice versa. That was our plan which worked out really well,” said Chawrasia.
With Team Europe needing only 3 ½ points to win the EurAsia Cup, Kiradech knows Asia must come out with guns blazing .
“It was a very important point for the team. If you look back at the last event two years ago, we showed we still can fight back. Everything is still very positive and I believe we can still do it again,” said Kiradech.
“I think the point that we got was an important point. Every point is important for us . If we can start well in the first five matches, I think anything can happen.”
Kiradech will face Matthew Fitzpatrick in the fourth singles match while Chawrasia will take on Wood in the ninth match.