Paul Dunne ready to perform in potential Ryder Cup audition

Jurgen Klopp

The inaugural EurAsia Cup finished as a 10-10 tie in 2014, with a Europe side captained by Darren Clarke cruising to a 13-point victory over Team Asia. "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".

This week's clash with Arjun Atwal's star-studded Asian team at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur represents another step up in class for the Wicklow star, who is the only Irishman in Thomas Bjorn's 12-strong team.

It gives Denmark's Bjorn a great chance to test players in a team environment before the showdown against US in Paris.

Tommy Fleetwood, who won the season ending Tour Championship will lead the 10 automatic qualifiers that include England's Tyyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, Paul Dunne (Ireland), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), and Swedish duo Alex Noran and Henrik Stenson.

Bjorn is the skipper for this event, as he will be when they face the US in Paris this September.

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Yet, Europe, who are also preparing for the Ryder Cup against the USA later this year, were not willing to take Asia lightly. Yes, I can spend time with them on Tour, but there they are very into their own commitments and what they want to do.

Experienced Englishman Paul Casey and France's Alex Levy are Bjorn's two wildcard picks against an Asian side led by three-time European Tour victor Arjun Atwal of India.

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with one day of six Fourball matches, followed by six Foursome matches and 12 Singles matches on the third day.

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team". 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.

"I'm personally in a good place in my life and when I'm having fun playing golf, I usually play my best, and I think that's kind of true for most people. You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen". I'm very proud of that, and I've desperately missed it, and I want to play another one. There's two guys playing in Japan, two or three guys playing on the PGA Tour, two on The European Tour, four or five on the Asian Tour.

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