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Jimenez and Europe dominate fourballs, take 5-0 lead after opening day of the 1st EurAsia Cup

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    Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, right, listens to his caddy before teeing off on the first hole during the first round of the Eurasia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) (The Associated Press)

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    Denmark's Thorbjørn Olesen, left, lines up a putt next to Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain on the second green during the first round of the Eurasia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) (The Associated Press)

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    Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee watches his shot from the rough on the first hole during the first round of the Eurasia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul) (The Associated Press)

The Spanish pair of captain Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal beat Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 and 1 Thursday as the Europeans took a 5-0 lead over Asia on the opening day of the first EurAsia Cup.

The European team dominated the fourballs competition right from the start. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Stephen Gallacher beat India's Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri 4 and 3 before Victor Dubuison-Joost Luiten, who came close to hitting an albatross at the 11th, made it 3-0 in by defeating Prayad Marksaeng and Siddikur Rahan 3 and 2.

The EurAsia Cup format is similar to the Ryder Cup, with the teams playing foursomes on Friday and concluding with singles on Saturday.