Golf: Europe complete epic comeback to reclaim Royal Trophy
Published on Dec 22, 2013 7:16 PM
(REUTERS) - Europe won five of the last six singles matches for a stunning 8.5-7.5 comeback win over Asia to reclaim the Royal Trophy in China on Sunday and give captain Jose Maria Olazabal his first success in the team matchplay event.
Trailing 3-5 ahead of Sunday's eight singles matches, Europe looked set for a record defeat when Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Paul Lawrie 3&2 and Thai compatriot Thongchai Jaidee overcame another Scot, Stephen Gallacher, 4&2 to make it 7-3.
With victory in sight, the pressure appeared to hit the holders at the Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou, as they painfully surrendered their strong position built up over the opening foursomes and second-day four-balls matches.
Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, who had been two up after seven holes of his singles match, shanked a chip across the green en route to bogeying the 18th, which allowed Scotland's Marc Warren to win one up with a par on the last.
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