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Team Europe get off to dream start in EurAsia Cup

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Darren Clarke's Team Europe took early control of the EurAsia Cup after dominating the opening fourballs to take a 4.5-1.5 lead at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Clarke will lead Europe in the Ryder Cup against the United States at Hazeltine in October and had a chance to put his captaincy skills to the test in Malaysia.

Europe drew first blood when Ian Poulter and Bernd Wiesberger beat Anirban Lahiri and Jeunghun Wang 4&3 and Ross Fisher and Kristoffer Broberg quickly doubled that lead, seeing off Prayad Marksaeng and KT Kim 6&4.

Asia hit back as Byeong-hun An and Thongchai Jaidee came from behind to beat Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick 3&1.

Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan restored the two-point advantage with a 2&1 win over Wu Ashun and Shingo Katayama before Soren Kjeldsen and Victor Dubuisson halved their match with Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung.

And in the final match of the day, it was more success for Europe as Chris Wood and Lee Westwood beat Kiradech Aphibarnrat and SSP Chawrasia 2&1.

Captain Clarke told the European Tour website: said: "It's a wonderful start for Europe. There was a lot of matches there where it could have swung either way on the back nine.

"Halfway around, Europe were leading in all the matches. I was on the radio to a few of the other guys and said, this is match play, Asia are going to come back at some stage on the back nine, and that's exactly what they did.

"We had a strong couple matches and managed to finish with a very good result."