Atwal determined to win EurAsia Cup

Thomas Bjorn captain of Team Europe plays a shot during the Eurasia Cup Pro Am at Glenmarie G&CCin Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Stuart Franklin  Getty Images

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Kuala Lumpur: With all 12 of their golfers in world's top-75, Europe seem the stronger side but Team Asia's "guts and hunger" would be enough to turn the tables on the defending champions when the two sides square off in the EurAsia Cup this week, Asia captain Arjun Atwal said on Thursday.

And that means the 46-year-old Dane is giving everything he can to ensure Europe regain the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in September.

Bjorn, who will captain Europe against US in September, has six Ryder Cup veterans among his players as they take on Team Asia today.

Paul Dunne is the sole Irish representative on the team.

"I was coming into the last half of the year with this being a big goal of mine to make the team, and so I'm delighted that I'm here and hopefully we can have a good week", Dunne said yesterday.

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

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Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher. 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. "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. So for me, it has been a little bit of a challenge but it's fun, as well". The European team is strong but we are just as strong.

Bjorn has six players with Ryder Cup experience on his roster in Malaysia and he believes this will be a good dress-rehearsal for him and many of his team.

The Indian captain has also turned to golf ace Tiger Woods for advice as he aims to inspire his team.

"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said.

"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. 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".

Along with 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson, Bjorn boasts European Tour order of merit victor Tommy Fleetwood, as well as fellow young English hotshots in Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick.

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