Europe in narrow Royal Trophy win over Asia

Europe in narrow Royal Trophy win over Asia

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Europe has won the Royal Trophy match play event against Asia, with Henrik Stenson picking up a shot on the final hole to secure an 8 1/2-to-7 1/2 victory.

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand came up just short on a 15-foot putt at No. 18 that would have given him a win over Stenson, squared the three-day event at 8-8 and forced a playoff on Sunday. The Swede then sank a 7-footer to square the match and give Europe a victory in the three-day event.

Asia entered the final day a point down, but took the lead by claiming 3 1/2 points to 1 1/2 for Europe over the first five singles matches.

Spain’s Pablo Martin and Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen then won their matches, setting the stage for the final match.

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