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Thursday 19 September 2019

Paul Dunne's year gets even better as Irishman selected to represent Europe

Paul Dunne will represent Europe
Paul Dunne will represent Europe

Wicklow's Paul Dunne has capped a fine season by being selected for Thomas Bjorn's EurAsia Cup team.

Dunne, who won his first tour title when he saw off Rory McIlroy in the British Masters earlier this year, is in action in the Hong Kong open today and he was an automatic choice in Bjorn's 12-man team.

Paul Casey and Alexander Levy were the Dane's two wild cards as Europe aim to defend their title in Kuala Lumpur from January 10-12.

Paul Casey will represent Europe for the first time in over nine years after being selected as a wild card.

The Englishman was on the winning Ryder Cup teams in 2004 and 2006 but last played for the continent in the 2008 loss to the United States at Valhalla.

He was controversially overlooked by captain Colin Montgomerie in 2010 despite being ranked inside the world's top 10 but after rejoining the European Tour for the 2018 season, the world number 14 will now be in the frame for a place in the team at Le Golf National in the autumn.

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will also lead Europe against Asia at the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia and he is delighted to have Casey back in the fold.

"Once Paul announced he was rejoining the European Tour, and therefore making himself available for selection, that decision was a no-brainer for me," he said. "He is a wonderful player with a lot of experience and I think the young guys can learn a lot from him.

"He's also got a fantastic match play record and not just in Ryder Cups. He is comfortable with where he is in his life right now and him wanting to part of the EurAsia Cup team also shows his commitment to the European Tour and the road he is now on."

Europe EurAsia Cup team

Automatic qualifiers: Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Ross Fisher (Eng), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Paul Dunne (Ire), Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spa), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Thomas Pieters (Bel), Alex Noren (Swe), Henrik Stenson (Swe). Wildcards: Paul Casey (Eng), Alexander Levy (Fra)

Additional reporting by PA

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