JAPAN PROVIDES DEEP SUPPORT FOR THE ROYAL TROPHY


As the seventh edition of the Royal Trophy marked also the seventh anniversary of the Japan Golf Tour’s sanctioning and support for the Royal Trophy, Japan’s legends of the game voiced their relentless and comprehensive support for the Seve Ballesteros-inspired Europe vs Asia competition.

On the golf course at China’s Dragon Lake Golf Club, the José Maria Olazábal-led Europeans miraculously prevailed in a most competitive final day of Singles, but off course the Asian and European team captains, players and golf administrators all remained comprehensively united in support of the majestic Event.

In an official joint statement Royal Trophy Asian Players’ Committee Chairman Isao Aoki and five-time Asian Team Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki, two of the continent’s most accomplished golfers in history said: “We officially invite all leaders of Asian and European professional golf to act in unison to protect, promote and strengthen this great series of matches which is of enormous value to the further development of the sport in our region.

“The Royal Trophy is the official, established and traditional golf competition between the continents of Asia and Europe. As Asian Players’ Committee Members, we uphold the stewardship of this magnificent competition with great allegiance and determination.

“The history and heritage of the Royal Trophy is unique in golf and sports; originating in concert with the vision of the late legendary Seve Ballesteros, featuring a beautiful Trophy graciously donated by the world’s longest-reigning monarch – His Majesty the King of Thailand – and bringing together the great continents of Asia and Europe.

“This extraordinary legacy is to be earnestly respected, celebrated and embraced. We sincerely believe that it is of critical importance and significance that the golf community at-large, including the senior leadership of the game in the two continents, comprehensively support this monumental championship.

“It is clear that Asian golf stands strongly behind the Royal Trophy, including our Asian Players’ Committee members, Asian Team Captain Y.E. Yang, all of his players, the Japan Golf Tour Organization, the China Golf Association and many others.

“Standing behind the Royal Trophy and the extending of complete support for it are the natural steps to be undertaken by the stakeholders of European and Asian golf.

“The Royal Trophy represents for Asian golf what the Ryder Cup represents for Europe; something of great value and very close to our hearts. This is our premier team competition and we are delighted to witness the fantastic growth it continues to experience.”

The Royal Trophy originated from a meeting held in 2001 and attended by the late legendary five-time Major winner Seve Ballesteros, his nephew and former manager Ivan Ballesteros and entrepreneur Lincoln Venancio. In 2005 His Majesty the King of Thailand, the world’s longest reigning monarch, graciously donated the perpetual sixteen-kilogram solid-silver Trophy. The late Ballesteros led the Europeans to victory in the inaugural two editions of the competition, Colin Montgomerie secured wins for the Old Continent in 2010 and 2011 and Ozaki procured historic Asian wins in 2009 and 2012.

In the latest edition of the Royal Trophy held in December 2013, the two-time Masters champion Olazábal procured an amazing recovery for the Europeans – with an Asian final day lead of 7-3 reversing into an European victory by 8 1/2 – 7 1/2.

The eighth edition of the Royal Trophy will be held on 19-21 December 2014 at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou, China.

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