Shah Alam, 13 January, 2018: In the contest that got the foursomes off the blocks, Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia took on the mighty duo of Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood. The Asians were relatively slower off the blocks and the two Europeans made them pay, handing them an emphatic defeat in the first group of the day. With Europe up in three other contests and Asia in two, the stage is set for Europe to take a lead in the EurAsia Cup foursome battle.
The Indian duo, first off the tee on the second day, were up against the wall soon as they begun. The formidable pairing of Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood were flying it far, reaching the green in two on the first hole. The Indians needed a third shot to get there and the Europeans took advantage to sail ahead. By the fifth, #TeamEurope were up by three.
#TeamAsia needed to reverse the tide and Anirban provided an inspired chip from the rough, leaving just three feet to the pin for his mate to seal the hole in their favour. But then they were hurt again at the very next hole.
Chawrasia duffed a chip from the rough around the green and Anirban was left with a lengthy putt off the rough edge to salvage the hole. It was too much to ask, and they were back to a deficit of three holes.
Anirban made an uphill eight-footer on the eighth hole to bring the gap back to two. But the Europeans regained a three hole advantage around the bend and never let go of it. As Anirban and Chawrasia fought hard to try and find their way back, they produced some stellar golf. It took some monstrous putts from Stenson and Fleetwood, who produced them to keep the Indians at bay.
The two good friends did well to keep it together and stay in the contest, but as they reached the 16th tee, they needed to win all three holes just to get even with their opponents. Chawrasia made a wonderful putt from about twelve feet, but Fleetwood had a much shorter putt to make. The contest ended 3 & 2 in favour of #TeamEurope, giving them their first point of the day.
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