Golf: Team Europe hold 7-3 lead at EurAsia Cup despite Asian rally

Stepehn Gallacher of Scotland (left) being congratulated by captain Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain during the EurAsia Cup in Glenamarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, on March 26, 2014. Europe remain in pole position going into the final round
Stepehn Gallacher of Scotland (left) being congratulated by captain Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain during the EurAsia Cup in Glenamarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, on March 26, 2014. Europe remain in pole position going into the final round of singles matches at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - Europe remain in pole position going into the final round of singles matches at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Miguel Angel Jimenez's troops hold a 7-3 lead over Asia despite winning just one of the five foursomes matches at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on Friday.

Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson's 2 and 1 victory over Gaganjeet Bhullar and Nicholas Fung was the only highlight on a day when the Asians sought to bounce back from losing all five four-ball ties on Thursday.

Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman combined for a 1-up triumph over Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson. Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung Sung also impressed, beating the Danish pairing of Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen 4 and 3.

But Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee, paired with fellow Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, could only split their match with Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal. Japan's Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara also drew with Stephen Gallacher and 2011 Singapore Open champion Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Europe need three wins and a draw from Saturday's 10 singles matches to reach the magical 10.5 point mark, bringing with it a US$3 million (S$3.8 million) winners' cheque and continental bragging rights.

If both teams are tied on 10 points, the trophy will be shared.