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Thomas Bjorn already losing sleep over Ryder Cup captaincy

12 January 2018

"But the players in my team are all champions and they all know how to win", said Atwal.

Paul Casey admits that being snubbed by Colin Montgomerie for a Ryder Cup "hurt a lot" but the Englishman is committed to the European cause once again, starting in this week's EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

That's why Arjun Atwal, who will make his captaining debut for Team Asia at this week's EurAsia Cup, recently dialed up Woods, a friend from their days as Orlando residents, to ask for advice on what to expect in a cup format.

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will run the rule over a heavyweight European team when he skippers them against Asia in this week's EurAsia Cup.

Team Europe (front row left to right): Henrik Stenson, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Bjorn, Captain of Team Europe, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

However, the star attraction on the team could be Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who is ranked at number 11 on the European Tour, a stronger competition than its Asian counterpart. "With him having much experience and taking me under his wing, it will be a good match", said Green.

Last year's Scottish Open victor, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, teams up with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger while double Dunhill Links champion Tyrrell Hatton partners fellow Englishman Ross Fisher in the anchor match.

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.

"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said. "I wasn't on the team two years ago and I would have loved to be on the team, and this year, I'm happy to be on it". He's a pretty straight player off the tee and I'm a little longer, so I think that will be a really good line-up.

He was not eligible for the 2016 event after giving up his European Tour membership to focus on the PGA Tour, but the 40-year-old has now reversed that decision as he targets a place on the team at Le Golf National outside Paris in September.

"It's great to be involved here and I think if anyone said they weren't thinking about the Ryder Cup, even a little bit, then they would be lying", he wrote.

"I've got a very good Ryder Cup record, and a very good match play record, I've only ever lost two matches in a Ryder Cup. You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Gavin Green of Malaysia, his compatriot Nicholas Fung, India's Anirban Lahiri, South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon and An Byeong-un, Thai pair Phachara Khongwatmai and Poom Saksansin, China's Li Haotong and Japanese duo Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara complete the side.

Thomas Bjorn already losing sleep over Ryder Cup captaincy