Ian Poulter to lead European team

EurAsia Cup 2016 Ian Poulter

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Captain Darren Clarke has confirmed that Englishman Ian Poulter will partner Bernd Wiesberger in Friday’s opening fourballs in the EurAsia Cup.

The European pair will take on Jeung Hun Wang and India’s Anirban Lahiri on Friday morning as they try to give their team the platform to build on.

Poulter brings plenty of experience to the team after winning 13 Ryder Cup points in his last five appearances.

The 40-year-old will be hoping to impress Clarke, who is also Europe’s Ryder Cup skipper, and the Northern Irishman is confident he will deliver.

“Obviously we all know Poults, we know what he brings to the team,” he said. “And to have him leading off Europe, we couldn’t ask for a better player.

“With Bernd, you’ve got a very, very young, exciting talent, who won the French Open last year; it’s a very strong pairing. I could say the same about everyone.”

In-form due Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick will take on BMW PGA Champion Byeong Hun An and Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee at Glenmarie the Golf & Country Club.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson plays with Soren Kjeldsen as they take on home favourites Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung.

Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan face a difficult test against Shingo Katayama and Ashun Wu, while Ross Fisher and Kristoffer Broberg will do battle with Prayad Markasaeng and KT Kim.

The final fourball pairing sees Lee Westwood and Chris Wood take on the impressive Kiradech Aphibarnrat and SSP Chawrasia.

Europe are 1.36 to win the event, with the draw priced at 11.00, while Asia are available at odds of 3.80.

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