Europe dominates Day 2 to lead Asia 9-3

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Europe dominates Day 2 to lead Asia 9-3

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Europe dominated the second day of the EurAsia Cup to lead Asia 9 to 3 at a sunny Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on Saturday.

"We do not want to be complacent, but there's no harm in feeling confident and trying to win by a big margin," Lee Westwood said. "We dominated the first two days and hopefully we will dominate the singles on the final day as well."

Europe, which started Saturday with a 4 ½ to 1 ½ advantage, needs 3 ½ points from Sunday's singles to win the tournament.

Ian Poulter combined with Danny Willett to give Europe a 3 and 2 win over Byeong Hun-an and Thongchai Jaidee in the opening foursomes, before Bernd Wiesberger teamed up with Ross Fisher to earn Europe its second point of the day, prevailing by 2 holes against Kim Kyung-tae and Wang Jeung-hun.

Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan — one of the two pairs unchanged by team captain Darren Clarke — repaid that faith with a 3 and 2 triumph over Prayad Marksaeng and Shingo Katayama.

Asia had a gritty 2-hole victory through Kiradech Aphibarnrat and SSP Chawrasia, who saw off Chris Wood and Kristoffer Broberg.

Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick needed only 14 holes to defeat Anirban Lahiri and Ashun Wu, but the local combination of Nicholas Fung and Danny Chia halved their match against Soren Kjeldsen and Victor Dubuisson.

Fung and Chia are the only unbeaten Asian pair.

"We have to forget who we are playing," Lahiri said. "On our day we can beat the best in the world. Between the 12 of us, if we can make 80 birdies, we will win it."

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