Europe take charge in Brunei

12/14/2012 12:28:00 PM
Henrik Stenson  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)
Holders Europe dominated Asia in the opening foursomes of the Royal Trophy in Brunei and ended the day with a 3 1/2-1/2 lead.

Stars of the show were Henrik Stenson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, eight under par in beating Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa and South Korean Bae Sang-moon 5 & 4.

Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari won the top game against China's Ashun Wu and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto 2 & 1, then Marcel Siem and Nicolas Colsaerts defeated Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat on the final green.

A whitewash was on the cards until playing-captain Jose Maria Olazabal and fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez lost the final hole to Koreans Y E Yang and K T Kim and had to settle for a half.

The match continues with four fourballs tomorrow and then eight singles on Sunday.