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Asia take early control in Royal Trophy

Updated: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 11:01 | Comments

Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat celebrate their win over Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie
Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat celebrate their win over Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie

Asia dominated the opening-day foursomes in Guangzhou to build a 3-1 lead over Jose Maria Olazabal's European team in the Royal Trophy.

Thai pair Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Scotsmen Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie 5&3 in the lead-off game before Japanese duo Hiroyuki Fujita and Ryo Ishikawa edged out Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Austrian Bernd Wiesberge 3&2.

The Asian team then went 3-0 up when KT Kim and Kim Hyung-Sung of Korea saw off the challenge of Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Spain's Alvaro Quiros with a 4&2 win.

Englishman David Howell and Scot Marc Warren pulled a point back, however, a 2&1 success over China's Liang Wenchong and Wu Ashun seeing Europe avoid a foursomes whitewash at the Dragon Lake Golf Club.

The highlight of the day came in that final clash as Warren holed out from the bunker for a winning birdie on the par-five eighth.

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