• The Royal Trophy, Day Two

Asia claw back into contention in Brunei

ESPN staff
December 15, 2012
Ryo Ishikawa finished superbly in his fourball with Yoshinori Fujimoto © PA Photos

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Asia staged a second-day comeback at the Royal Trophy in Saturday's fourball, cutting Europe's overnight lead from three points to bring the score to 4½-3½ in Brunei.

Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari delivered Europe's first point on day one and for the first half of their second round they seemed in control.

Up against Yoshinori Fujimoto and Ryo Ishikawa they went two up after nine holes with the brothers carding five birdies between them.

But the Asian pair drew all square on the 12th and took victory thanks to a blitz over the closing holes when Fujimoto hit three birdies and Ishikawa hit two of his own and an eagle.

That secured them a 3&1 victory and placed Asia within striking distance of Europe for Sunday's final round.

Earlier, YE Yang and Kyung-tae Kim easily overcame Henrik Stenson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, going five up after nine holes. The European pair reeled them in with six birdies on the back course but it was not enough and Kim as Yang won 2&1.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Marcel Siem managed to finish all square with Sang-moon Bae and Wu Ashun despite the Asian pair being ahead for 14 holes overall.

European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal will have to wait until Sunday to try and win his first match after he and compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez halved their round with Jeev Milkha Singh and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

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