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.