Jimenez stars again as Europe close in on EurAsia win

Europe remained on course for victory in the inaugural EurAsia Cup despite a spirited fightback from Asia on the second day in Kuala Lumpur.

Jimenez stars again as Europe close in on EurAsia win

After being whitewashed 5-0 in Thursday’s fourballs, Thongchai Jaidee’s side hit back to take three points from yesterday’s foursomes, with Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung beating Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen and Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman defeating Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson.

And it could have been even better for the home side, who at one point led in four of the matches and were level in the other, with Europe captain Miguel Angel Jimenez helping deny Jaidee victory in the opening contest.

For the second day running 50-year-old Jimenez made two eagles at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club before a superb approach to the 18th set up team-mate Pablo Larrazabal for a birdie to snatch half a point against Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Stephen Gallacher also halved their match with Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara thanks to a birdie on the 17th, although the European pair missed another birdie chance on the last to win having let slip a three-hole lead.

Europe’s only winners were Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson, who came from behind for the second match running to beat Gaganjeet Bhullar and Nicholas Fung 2&1. Jimenez’s side now need just three-and-a-half points from today’s 10 singles matches to secure overall victory.

McDowell and Donaldson were three down after seven on Thursday and two down after eight yesterday, but were thereafter gifted a number of holes.

Pars were good enough to win the ninth, 13th, 15th and 16th and they sealed victory with another par on the 17th.

- Pádraig Harrington shot a 76 in Texas.

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