Noren: EurAsia Cup a super start to 2018

Thomas Bjorn is a long-time Liverpool admirer
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Thomas Bjorn is a long-time Liverpool admirer Credit Getty images

"I've genuinely missed the team element and I've missed my friends in Europe, so I'm probably the most excited guy in the team room here, because I've got so much to gain this week".

The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday.

"We feel like we knew we could find ourselves in this position, and we knew this Asian team is very strong and very much ready to play".

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.

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Klopp had a helpful message for Europe's players Credit Getty images

While Europe drew 10-10 in the first EurAsia Cup in 2014, skipper Bjorn fears his side face a far tougher task than two years ago, when Shane Lowry was in the side that hammered Asia 18.5-5.5.

Paul Dunne will have his first taste of playing for Europe this weekend ahead of a possible Ryder Cup debut in September. "I even wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it".

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

Asia captain Atwal believes his youthful team, which boasts 11 European Tour titles between them, including multiple winners Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and India's SSP Chawrasia, has the strength in depth to turn the contest in Asia's favour. This is no such thing as an underdog in match play golf. "Plus, at 40, how many more Ryder Cups do I have the opportunity to play in?"

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Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised.

"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. So that's how match play helps me".

Green, who clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit last month, clinched the match with two birdie putts in the final three holes to give Asia its second point.

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