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.