July 18, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Miguel Angel Jimenez gives a media interview after finishing his round at 3 under par 68 during the first round of the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

Team Asia Battles Back For A Tie At The EurAsia Cup

After losing in the opening day fourballs at The inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM 0-5, Team Asia caped a final day comeback to pull even. Neither team amassed the 10 1/2 points to secure the cup with Team Asia dominating in Saturday’s singles matches and the cup is split 10-10.

I personally didn’t think the Asian team had a chance in this event, but congratulations are due. They fought back all day on Saturday, and at one point, had a victory in hand. Thanks to a one up win by Joost Luiten over Koumei Oda, which was the only match that was won by team Europe, the finale’ was a split decision.

Jaidee’s win over McDowell got his side off to the perfect start and 50-year-old opposite number Miguel Angel Jiménez needed all of his experience to snatch victory over 23-year-old Malaysian wild card Nicholas Fung with a birdie on the 18th.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat then recovered from one down with four to play to birdie the next two holes and a par on the 17th was enough to seal a 2 and 1 victory over Thomas Björn.

 

Asia Team Captain Tonchai Jaidee was estatic with the comeback on Saturday, and was happy with the split score.

“Everyone played really well. I think the match is unbelievable, it was a good finish.

“To end on the last, and on the 18th hole, it’s fantastic. I have never seen a match like this. It’s very close and amazing.

 

 

Source: EuropeanTour.com

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