Asia edge closer to Royal Trophy

Asia enjoyed another good day at Dragon Lake Golf Club on Saturday to move within three-and-a-half points of defending the Royal Trophy.

Starting the day with a two-point advantage on the back of winning the opening-day foursomes 3-1, the hosts and defending champions took the score to 5-3 after the teams split the fourballs.

Thai pair Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee increased their lead to three points early in the day as they beat Scottish duo Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher 2 and 1.

David Howell and Marc Warren found themselves two up on the 17th tee, but Liang Wenchong and Wu Ashun went birdie-birdie to claim half a point after their opponents bogeyed the 18th.

Europe then got their first win of the day when Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and claimed 2 and 1 victory over Japanese pair Ryo Ishikawa and Hiroyuki Fujit.

Spain’s Alvaro Quiros and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts then claimed an unlikely half after South Korean duo Kim Hyung-sung and Kim Kyung-tae threw away a two-up lead.