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Europe take charge of Royal Trophy
Last updated: 14th December 2012
Holders Europe had the best of the early running on day one of the Royal Trophy against Asia, taking a 3.5-0.5 lead.
Such was the dominance of the men from Europe that a whitewash looked on the cards for much of the day, with only a late blip costing them half a point.
The Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, got the European contingent off to a strong start as they beat China's Ashun Wu and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto 2&1.
Nicolas Colsaerts, who impressed in his maiden Ryder Cup earlier in the year, was joined by German Marcel Siem against Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat. The European pairing where made to work for their reward, only securing the point on the final hole.
With the momentum firmly with Europe, Henrik Stenson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano then hammered Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and South Korean Bae Sang-moon 5&4.
It was left to playing-captain Jose Maria Olazabal and compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez to secure the whitewash but the Spanish duo lost the last hole to Korean duo of YE Yang and KT Kim and had to settle for a half.
The players return to the Empire Country Club in Brunei for the four fourballs on Saturday and the eight singles on Sunday.
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