Ryder Cup absence has 'fuelled the fire' for Casey

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Thomas Bjorn dismissed any suggestions that his Europe-led contingent will steamroll to another landslide victory over Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup which begins on Friday at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Yet, Europe, who are also preparing for the Ryder Cup against the United States later this year, were not willing to take Asia lightly.

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.

"I've prepared very well this time, I've been playing well at this golf course and practice here a lot".

"I thought that I might play a few tournaments in December, but when I came off the 18th green at the Nedbank Golf Challenge I changed my mind and was glad not to be playing in December, because I have so many thoughts about the team".

Captain Thomas Bjorn promised Europe will return stronger in the six foursome matches on Saturday.

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The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six fourball matches, followed by six foursome matches and 12 singles matches on the final day. "But it was disappointing that I didn't do enough, and I didn't play good enough golf to make enough points to make the team". "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf".

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

Asia captain Atwal revealed he had a chance to ask Tiger Woods for advice on leading his team. "We're a long, long way from it, but another opportunity is what I'm here for and here is just the start of it". "I even wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it. You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

In three previous rounds of the EurAsia Cup, 37-year-old Fisher has an 83.33 per cent winning percentage with two wins and one half.

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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