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Europe rallies past Asia by one point at Royal Trophy

Sunday Singles — OneAsia Tour — The Royal Trophy — Dragon Lake Golf Club — Guangzhou, China —

Trailing all week, Europe rallied late Sunday in Sunday Singles to capture the 7th edition of the Royal Trophy 8 1/2 to 7 1/2.

Asia’s best two players — Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat — won their matches in the first two matches at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou, China. But, then Europe mounted a comeback.

Led by its captain two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe went 5-0-1 over the last six singles matches. It began with Marc Warren, who trailed Ryo Ishikawa 2-Down through seven holes. Warren bounced back for a 1-Up victory to jump-start the European team.

David Howell, who finished 21st in the European Tour’s Race To Dubai Standings in 2013 thanks to victory at the Dunhill Links Championship in September, trailed in his entire match against H.S. Kim before winning the 17th and 18th hole to a 1-Up triumph.

Thorbjorn Olesen, Bernd Wiesberger and Nicolas Colsaerts closed out the final three points to give Europe the title.

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