Bjorn anticipating strong Europe response

12 January 2018 17:00

Thomas Bjorn is anticipating a stirring response from Europe after they ended the opening day of the EurAsia Cup trailing by a point.

Having been behind in four of the fourball matches and level in the other two at one stage, Europe rallied well to go into day two with only a 3.5 - 2.5 deficit.

Europe would have finished the day level had Li Haotong not rolled in a birdie putt from the rough to ensure he and Nicholas Fung halved their match with Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

But team captain Bjorn is expecting more of the same fighting spirit from his players on Saturday.

"You've always got hopes and thoughts in your mind of how the day is going to pan out and obviously we didn't send the team out to be behind," Bjorn said.

"Yeah, it's not what we were looking for but there were some very positive things and there were a few rusty things as well.

"There was some unbelievable golf from a couple of the Asian pairings, as well. But we expected that.

"I've been talking to the guys all week [telling them] to expect them to come out firing, expect them to be 100 per cent up for this and saying they are going to go out and play some good golf.

"We needed to be ready to play. When I look at the scoring in the groups, I feel like, yeah, a couple of guys might feel like they should have done better but in general, there was a lot of good golf from our side and the rust had been knocked off the golf swings in practice and maybe the competitive rust might have needed to be knocked off today.

"So, I suspect that we'll go out tomorrow and be ready to play, and foursomes is a very different game."

Asia skipper Arjun Atwal said: "I'm really happy with how the day went, especially with the Li Haotong match. That was really important for me.

"Very important, not just for me but my whole team room, like my whole team. It's just very important psychologically."

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