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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 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.