We were just up and down the whole day. We were 2UP at one point, got back to even, went down. We got a penalty on 14 but we stayed patient as we had four more holes to go. We were two down, so we hit a good tee shot on 15, good second shot, good putt and back to 1 down and we were back in it. For me, it's always nice to play in front of a home crowd but at the same time it adds pressure, but at the same time, the match play game is fun. We just have to think that we are going to go ahead and enjoy it no matter what happens. We've done a lot to come this far, and we are just going to try to push as much as we can.
We (with Li Haotong) understand each other well. It's important we are able to communicate well as that helps to ease the pressure. I mean, we know that Team Europe is strong and we have to shoot as low as we can and try to make more birdies. Haotong putted well. . So I think we just have to play our own games, play shot by shot. We need to be patient all the time for the match play because one lost hole doesn't mean we lost the game. Just need to get more birdies as possible, that's very important.
Team Asia put up a solid display of golf on Saturday, winning three matches to maintain a one-point lead over Team Europe at the EurAsia Cup presened by DRB-HICOM.
Team Asia has never led at any stage over their European rivals in the history of the EurAsia Cup but after holding the lead for two days, Team Asia Captain Arjun Atwal is confident his team can clinch the trophy this year.
“I absolutely believe we can win the EurAsia Cup. Otherwise I wouldn't be here. That has always been my belief since I took up this captaincy. I’m not surprised or shocked by our results so far. Because if you look at my players, they are fantastic and they are all winners,” said Atwal.
Team Asia got off to a rough start losing their two opening matches when Indian duo Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia were defeated 3&2 by Sweden's Henrik Stenson and England's Tommy Fleetwood, and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Korea’s Byeonghun An lost to England’s Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 2&1.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick won 3&2 casting further doubt on Team Asia's EurAsia Cup aspirations. However, Asian debutants Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai turned things around when they won their matches with their respective Japanese partners Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara while China's Li Haotong, who is alo making his debut at the EurAsia Cup wrapped up the day's matches with playing partner Malaysia's Nicholas Fung with a convincing 3&1 victory over Bernd Wiesberger and Ross Fisher of England.
Li and Fung were 2-down after five holes but the duo proved their mettle when they fought back to all square after the ninth hole. From there they never trailed Team Europe again and claimed a stunning 3&1 victory.
Anirban Lahiri of India has not won a match in this year’s showpiece. However, he holds the best Singles record for Team Asia where he won his matches in 2014 and 2016.