Captain Atwal ready to deliver at EurAsia Cup

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Paul Dunne will have his first taste of playing for Europe this weekend ahead of a possible Ryder Cup debut in September.

Noren is joined by the likes of reigning Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood, former Open champion Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera-Bello in a formidable European team that will present their Asian counterparts with a stiff challenge.

And Casey, who has lost only two matches in his three Ryder Cup appearances, is determined to prove he deserves to be back in the fold when Europe host the United States of America at Le Golf National in Paris in late September. "So, those 12 players in that room are very aware that they have got to go out and play golf this week".

Captain Thomas Bjorn promised Europe will return stronger in the six foursome matches on Saturday.

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.

"I thought that I might play a few tournaments in December, but when I came off the 18th green at the Nedbank Golf Challenge I changed my mind and was glad not to be playing in December, because I have so many thoughts about the team". "Plus, at 40, how many more Ryder Cups do I have the opportunity to play in?"

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team", the 44-year-old said.

Although the EurAsia Cup captaincy role is a first for Atwal, the Indian is revelling in it and already has his strategy mapped out with sound advice from close friends.

The match-play event will start tomorrow with the four-ball competition before the foursomes takes place the following day (January 13).

"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".

Beside Fung, also in the team is compatriot and recently crowned 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit, Gavin Kyle Green.

The pride of Greystones (25) had a stellar record in team matchplay combat as an amateur, winning the Palmer Cup, the St Andrews Trophy and the Home Internationals in 2014 before helping Great Britain and Ireland to Walker Cup glory the following year.