Asia share EurAsia Cup with Europe
March 30, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
KUALA LUMPUR -- Team Asia pulled off a stirring comeback in the final round of the inaugural EurAsia Cup to snatch a share of the trophy by taking six of 10 singles matches played Saturday.
The spectacular collapse of Team Europe, who entered the final day singles matches 7-3 up, was totally unexpected, despite Asia's marvelous fightback on the second day after a 5-0 thrashing in the four-balls on Thursday.
It had echoes of Europe's “Miracle of Medinah” at the last Ryder Cup in 2012 when they fought back from 10-6 down on the final day to beat the Americans 14.5-13.5.
The outcome will go some way toward helping raise the profile of a tournament clouded by a war of words between its organizers and those who stage the rival Royal Trophy competition.
None epitomized Asia's desire more than Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng who fought back from four down after the first nine to halve with world number 28 Jamie Donaldson in the fourth match-up of the day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Asian captain Thongchai Jaide attributed the players' “positive attitudes” as the reason for the improbable comeback.
“We had a team talk the day before and I told them anything is possible in golf. They also believed in themselves even though we were trailing by four points,” said the former Thai paratrooper.
With the European players unable to find their range, Asia drew level at 8.5 after winning five of the opening seven ties and halving one.