Pieters scores winning point as Europe defend EurAsia Cup

Europe dominated in Malaysia on Sunday as the defending champions successfully retained their EurAsia Cup crown.

Belgian golfer Thomas Pieters scored the winning point to inspire a 14-10 victory for Europe in the third edition of the biennial tournament.

Asia held a one-point lead heading into the third and final day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club but the visiting Europeans - who needed seven points to win - won eight of the first nine matches.

Europe regained the lead thanks to Pieters' seven-foot putt before the 25-year-old won the next hole to guarantee the trophy stayed in European hands.

The final hole against An Byeong-hun was halved in fours as Pieters - who finished tied for fourth at the Masters last year - celebrated in Kuala Lumpur.

"It's always nice to get the winning point. I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies," he said.

Alex Noren (four and two), Tommy Fleetwood (two and one), Henrik Stenson (two and one), Rafa Cabrera Bello (four and three), Bernd Wiesberger (two and one), Alexander Levy (three and one), Pieters (1 hole) and Tyrell Hatton (two and one) were triumphant for Europe, while Matthew Fitzpatrick's singles match against Sunghoon Kang was halved.

Asia won the final two ties thanks to Yuta Ikeda and Li Haotong against Ross Fisher and Paul Dunne respectively.

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