Asia 3 Europe 1

Thongchai Jaide and Kiradech Aphirbarnrat beat Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher 5&3

Thongchai got the seventh edition of the Royal Trophy underway by splitting the opening fairway with a three wood and Lawrie followed suit with a driver, before the European enjoyed a huge stroke of luck with their second shot.

Gallacher’s attempt to reach the par five in two flew into a hazard on the right, but bounced off the rocks onto the fairway and the hole was eventually halved in birdie fours.

But that was about as good as it got for the Scottish pair as the in–form Thai duo rattled off three more birdies in the next five holes, and found themselves four up as Gallacher lost a ball in the trees on the sixth hole – and Lawrie followed him into the undergrowth after heading back to the tee.

Kiradech’s putter was proving red hot and after the Scots finally won a hole with a birdie on the 11th, the newly–crowned Asian Order of Merit champion struck a killer blow by sinking a forty footer ofr an eagle on the long 14th.

It was all over on the next hole, as Lawrie and Gallacher conceded when their opponents were left with two putts to win the match, and Asia had secured the first point.

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