Golfers Delight: The Royal Trophy

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Royal Trophy

Despite a spirited fightback of the asian team,
Europe sealed victory in the inaugural Royal Trophy on Sunday after holding off Asia 9-7 at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Royal Trophy brings together teams from the european and the japanese and asian tour. Eight man teams play a series of 16 matches involving foursomes, four-ball and singles for a trophy donated by the King of Thailand. Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros captained the european team, whilst Japan's Masahiro Kuramoto captained Asia.

The asian team already trailed by 6-2 following Saturday's foursomes and fourballs. The sunday singles brought the decision and showed an interesting fight back of the asian team, only losing narrowly in the end by 9-7. Here are Sunday's results:

Yasuharu Imano (JPN) bt David Howell (ENG) 2 up
Paul McGinley (IRE) bt Zhang Lian-wei (CHN) 2&1
Graeme McDowell (NIR) bt Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 3&2
Arjun Atwal (IND) bt Nick Faldo (ENG) 3&2
Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) bt Ian Woosnam (WAL) 2&1
Hur Suk-ho (KOR) bt Kenneth Ferrie (ENG) 2&1
Keiichiro Fukabori (JPN) bt Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 4&3
Henrik Stenson (SWE) bt Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 5&4

Read more on the European Tour website, including some video footage or chech the PGA website

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