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Fernandez-Castano predicts big future for EurAsia Cup after inaugural match ends in draw

Last Updated: 29/03/14 11:36am

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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: Clinched a vital half in final match

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: Clinched a vital half in final match

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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is confident the EurAsia Cup has a bright future ahead after the inaugural contest resulted in a thrilling 10-10 draw.

Thongchai Jaidee's Asia team produced a stunning fightback in the final day's singles in Kuala Lumpur having trailed 7-3 overnight.

The Thai veteran ignited the comeback with an impressive 3&2 victory over Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell, and Asia won five further matches as only skipper Miguel Angel Jimenez and Joost Luiten claimed wins for Europe.

The contest ultimately came down to Fernandez-Castano's battle with Hideto Tanihara, in which the Spaniard eagled the 16th to get back on level terms before Tanihara saved par from a greenside bunker at the next.

Both safely parred the last to ensure a tie, and Fernandez-Castano said: "I had the feeling it could be down to me.

"I knew the Asian team would come out fighting and that's exactly what they did. I think a tie is a very fair result considering what a great comeback they had.

Pressure

"I'm happy with the way I performed under pressure. This is the most nervous I have ever been. This is going to be the next big thing and I am really proud to be a part of the first edition of the EurAsia Cup."

"To have a 10-10 result for the first EurAsia Cup is a very nice result. No-one wins, but at the same time golf wins."
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

Jimenez added: "I feel proud of my team, they've had a very intense week. We are not used to these conditions like the Asian team and they played very well today.

"To have a 10-10 result for the first EurAsia Cup is a very nice result. No-one wins, but at the same time golf wins."

"I'm very happy with how we came back and shared the trophy," Jaidee said.

"My team played so well today. Before the final round I told my boys to stay positive, play your own game and just enjoy."

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was paying close attention at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club and McDowell added: "I think this is a very important team building exercise in a Ryder Cup year for the European Team."

It was later announced that the next two editions of the EurAsia Cup in 2016 and 2018 would also be staged in Malaysia.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said: "We have seen why this game is so popular and therefore why I am standing here now making this statement.

"This event has the full support of the Malaysian government."

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