- EurAsia Cup
Asia share spoils with Europe after stunning comeback
Asia almost pulled off a repeat of Europe's 'Miracle at Medinah' when they came back to draw the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Thongchai Jaidee's side were whitewashed 5-0 in the opening day's fourballs and trailed 7-3 following Friday's foursome matches, meaning Europe needed just three-and-a-half points from Saturday's singles matches.
But player-captain Jaidee and his men rallied to level the match at 10-10 to share the spoils, falling just short of matching Europe's famous achievement at the 2012 Ryder Cup.
How the final day unfolded
- Jaidee beat McDowell 3&2 (Asia 4-7 Europe)
- Fung lost to Jimenez by one hole (4-8)
- Aphibarnrat beat Bjorn 2&1 (5-8)
- Hyung-sung beat Larrazabal 4&2 (6-8)
- Marksaeng tied with Donaldson (6.5-8.5)
- Bhullar beat Olesen 4&3 (7.5-8.5)
- Lahiri beat Dubuisson 2&1 (8.5-8.5)
- Rahman beat Gallacher 4&3 (9.5-8.5)
- Oda lost to Luiten by one hole (9.5-9.5)
- Tanihara tied with Castano (10-10)
Jaidee recorded a 3&2 win over Graeme McDowell to kick-start a fight back and, after five Asia victories, two Europe wins and a tie, it all came down to Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano's match with Hideto Tanihara.
All-square on the 18th tee, neither player was able to find a decisive birdie and, after Fernandez-Castano held his nerve to hole from three feet for par, he conceded Tanihara's shorter putt to ensure a share of the spoils.
After Jaidee's win, fellow player-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez needed all his experience - and a birdie at 18 - to beat young Malaysian Nicholas Fung and restore Europe's four-point lead.
The advantage was cut to two when Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat recovered from one-down with four to play to beat Thomas Bjorn, before Kim Hyung-sung thrashed Pablo Larrazabal 4&2.
Prayad Marksaeng and Jamie Donaldson traded birdies at 18 to tie their match, but Gaganjeet Bhullar put another point on the board for Asia with comfortable 4&3 victory over Thorbjorn Olesen.
And the match was tied and 8.5 points each when Anirban Lahiri won the 16th and 17th holes to beat in-form Victor Dubuisson 2&1.
Asia led for the first time all week when Scotland's Stephen Gallacher lost his ball with a wild tee shot at 15 to seal a heavy defeat to Siddikur Rahman, but Dutchman Joost Luiten held his nerve to hole from five feet for par at 18 and seal a win over Japan's Koumei Oda.
It meant it all came down to Fernandez-Castano and Tanihara. The Spaniard missed a short par putt on 15 to fall one behind, but a stunning eagle at the next hole levelled the contest again.
Tanihara then saved par from 10 feet at 17 and, with neither player really threatening a winning birdie, Europe held its breath as Fernandez-Castano holed a tricky three-footer to ensure a share of the trophy.