Kuala Lumpur: A dominant Europe won eight of the 12 singles matches against Asia on Sunday to rally from behind and successfully defend their EurAsia Cup title with a 14-10 victory in Malaysia.
Captain Thomas Bjorn hailed Team Europe's "will to win" as they produced a strong final-day performance in coming from behind heading into the singles to make a successful defence of the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
Thomas Pieters, who impressed on his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in 2016, secured the winning point, with four matches still on the course, for the Europeans on the 18th hole as a par proved enough for victory over Byeong Hun An.
"I'm delighted the way these 12 came out".
Europe's team captain Thomas Bjorn will hope that his side's victory carries over to his Ryder Cup captaincy in France in September.
"To then go out and do the job the way they did today shows a lot about the character of these 12 guys and it shows a lot about the character of European golf and it shows a lot about what we are". Pieters then holed a seven-foot putt at the 15th to regain the lead and then won the next hole to ensure his team would retain the trophy. "I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies", he said.
The 22-year-old Li and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung dramatically halved their match in the Fourball format against Bernd Wiesberger and Rafa Cabrera Bello as Team Asia leads with 3.5 points against Team Europe's 2.5 at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Raced to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood beat India's S.S.P Chawrasia 2-1, and Sweden's Henrik Stenson then defeated Japan's Hideto Tanihara 2-1.
The other Asian golfers to win on Sunday were Thailand's Poom Saksansin and Japan's Yuta Ikeda, the highest ranked member of the team on the world rankings at 36.
South Korea's Kang Sung-Hoon halved his match with England's Matthew Fitzpatrick. Asia won the final two matches, with Li Haotong and Yuta Ikeda beating Paul Dunne and Ross Fisher respectively, but the day belonged to the men in blue who once again take the trophy back to Europe.