Arjun Atwal turns to Tiger Woods for advice before EurAsia Cup

Thomas Bjorn captain of Team Europe plays a shot during the Eurasia Cup Pro Am at Glenmarie G&CCin Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Stuart Franklin  Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn captain of Team Europe plays a shot during the Eurasia Cup Pro Am at Glenmarie G&CCin Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Stuart Franklin Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn dismissed any suggestions that his Europe-led contingent will steamroll to another landslide victory over Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup which begins on Friday at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. "What I'm looking for is someone to hit longer for me and that will be easier for me", said the 27-year-old Sabahan.

The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday.

The US-based player has been convinced by Thomas Bjorn, the home captain for this autumn's encounter in France, to take up that membership again this season and Casey insisted he is over what happened back in 2010.

Team Asia captain Arjun Atwal said that his players also refused to see themselves as underdogs.

As will a week as part of a team that includes some pretty impressive Ryder Cup records in the likes of Henrik Stenson, 2016 star Thomas Pieters and the returning Paul Casey. "So, those 12 players in that room are very aware that they have got to go out and play golf this week".

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches across three days of competition - six Fourball matches on the opening day, followed by six Foursome matches on day two and 12 Singles matches on the final day. "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf".

Asia captain Atwal believes his youthful team, which boasts 11 European Tour titles between them, including multiple winners Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and India's SSP Chawrasia, has the strength in depth to turn the contest in Asia's favour. "I think we're in a good place with the pairings we have".

The winning team will share the prize money of US$3.6 million (RM14.4 million) while the runners-up will share US$1.2 million (RM4.8 million). "Plus, at 40, how many more Ryder Cups do I have the opportunity to play in?"

"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". I have players from all over.

Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.