Saturday, 29 March 2014
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee  (Getty Images)
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee (Getty Images)
Thongchai Jaidee admitted he had never seen anything like it as his Asia side recovered from losing Thursday’s fourballs 5-0 to grab a 10-10 draw in the inaugural EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM.

Jaidee led from the front by beating Graeme McDowell 3 and 2, as the home side came from 7-3 down in the Saturday singles at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.

At one stage it looked as though Asia might pull off an incredible victory, but Joost Luiten clung on to beat Koumei Oda and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño held his nerve to snatch a half on the final hole.

“Every part of my team was unbelievable to come back, fantastic,” said Jaidee. 

“My first time here in the EurAsia Cup, I would like to say thanks to all my team and the staff - they did a good job, and we are excited. 

“Everyone played really well. I think the match is unbelievable, it was a good finish. 

“To end on the last, and on the 18th hole, it's fantastic. I have never seen a match like this. It's very close and amazing.

“We had a good draw and good pairings, I think that's the key point.” 

Jiménez, who beat Nicholas Fung on the last to secure one of only two European victories on Sunday, agreed it had been a remarkable day.

“It's an amazing day of golf,” said the 50 year old. “It's been very tough. 

“At the end of the week, the European Team did not win the tournament, but the Asian Team, they played very well.

“I have to say that all the players, they are playing very well and they are giving me everything they have and I have all the respect for the players I have the pleasure to be here with this week.

“As I said in the prize giving presentation, Asia, Europe, they both win, nobody loses.”

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