Dunne to gain experience in Ryder Cup warn-up competition

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Dunne to gain experience in Ryder Cup warn-up competition

The local heroes are expected to pull in big crowds to the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club when Asia takes on a Thomas Bjorn-led Team Europe in the three-day Ryder Cup-styled event, which will tee off on Jan 12.

He was not eligible for the 2016 event after giving up his European Tour membership to focus on the PGA Tour, but the 40-year-old has now reversed that decision as he targets a place on the team at Le Golf National outside Paris in September.

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

That did not translate into Ryder Cup success at Hazeltine, however, with Europe suffering their first defeat since 2008 and Bjorn's first in six contests as either a player or vice-captain.

Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

"SSP and I are very comfortable playing with each other".

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.

In his third appearance in the EurAsia Cup golf tournament, local professional player Nicholas Fung is hoping that he would get the best pairing to start off his challenge in the championship.

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six fourball matches, followed by six foursome matches and 12 singles matches on the final day.

Dunne is now well-placed in the Ryder Cup standings at seventh in the European points list and sixth in the world points list but there is still a long way to go before the team is finalised.

"I played the Royal Trophy (in 2010), and I really liked that".

"I'm really enjoying it (captaincy)". "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf".

"I used all of December to get these thoughts down on paper and get my head straight about how I want this team to take shape".

Asia captain Atwal revealed he had a chance to ask Tiger Woods for advice on leading his team.

"There's all the stuff that happens off the course, all the friendships you build in the team room, all the amusing moments, and stressful moments, it's the fabric that makes your career".

The Indian, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2003, is counting on Korea's Byeonghun An and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat to deliver the first point in their opening match against England's Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.

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