Asia snatch Royal Trophy

16/12/2012 11:39:40
Y E Yang   (Getty Images)
Y E Yang (Getty Images)
José María Olazábal's Europe were beaten in the Royal Trophy by Asia after a sudden death play-off in Brunei.

South Korean K T Kim sank an eight foot birdie putt on the first extra hole and then saw Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts miss from five after the teams had tied 8-8.

Under Ryder Cup rules Europe would have retained the trophy as holders, but in this competition four players go out on the course again in a fourball and it was Kim and Y E Yang against Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari.

The victory looked unlikely when Asia lost the four opening foursomes by three points, but they were only one behind going into the final day singles.

Colsaerts and Henrik Stenson both won on the final green and Molinari's brother Edoardo came back from three down with five to play to halve with Wu Ashun.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño birdied the last to share the spoils with Kim, but wins for Yoshinori Fujimoto over Marcel Siem, Jeev Milkha Singh over Miguel Angel Jiménez and then in the final game Yang over Molinari set up the shoot-out.