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Ryder Cup absence has 'fuelled the fire' for Casey

12 January 2018

Casey also offered reasoning behind his decision not to rejoin the European Tour in 2016 - thus making himself ineligible for the resounding defeat at Hazeltine.

The pride of Greystones (25) had a stellar record in team matchplay combat as an amateur, winning the Palmer Cup, the St Andrews Trophy and the Home Internationals in 2014 before helping Great Britain and Ireland to Walker Cup glory the following year.

England's Tommy Fleetwood, who finished fourth at the 2017 US Open and is the number one player on the European Tour, is the headline name on the European team. "But the players in my team are all champions and they all know how to win", said Atwal, a victor on multiple tours, ranging from Asia to Europe and US.

The event sees Europe take on a team from Asia. Writing in a player blog on the European Tour website, Dunne says he is fully aware of how this week could impact on his chances of booking a place at Le Golf National later this year. It's great fun. You make new friendships. You don't want to let him down and he doesn't want to let you down and you still obviously have got to play two other guys and you're trying to beat them.

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"I spent the last week in Dubai", he said of his build-up to what promises to be a sticky week with six fourballs tomorrow and six foursomes on Saturday followed by 12 singles on Sunday. "I always really look forward to foursomes because I think that's a really challenging and testing form of golf".

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.

In his third appearance in the EurAsia Cup golf tournament, local professional player Nicholas Fung is hoping that he would get the best pairing to start off his challenge in the championship. So it's really wonderful to see these younger players coming through now. I think having something different rather than just the same old four rounds of stroke play would make it more exciting for people to play the game, as well. It really is on my mind all of the time, and no matter what little thing I'm thinking about, it has a Ryder Cup perspective.

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Ryder Cup absence has 'fuelled the fire' for Casey