Asia and Europe tied 2-2 at Royal Trophy

Ryo Ishikawa of Japan plays a shot on the first hole during day one of The Royal Trophy tournament at Black Mountain Golf Club on January 7, 2011 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Ryo Ishikawa of Japan plays a shot on the first hole during day one of The Royal Trophy tournament at Black Mountain Golf Club on January 7, 2011 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

HUA HIN, Thailand – Europe’s playing captain Colin Montgomerie teamed with Rhys Davies of Wales to win their foursomes match in the Royal Trophy on Friday, leaving Europe and Asia tied 2-2 after the opening day.

Sweden’s Peter Hanson and Frederik Andersson Hed got the Europeans off to a good start at the Black Mountain Golf Club in the Thai seaside resort town of Hua Hin, convincingly beating local favorite Thongchai Jaidee and Jeev Milkha Singh of India 7 and 5.

“It was great to win the first point. We started with a bogey but we got five birdies and played solid after that and had a particularly good run around the turn,” Hanson said.

“It felt a bit like playing at home. There is a big Swedish community here and the support was great.”

China’s Liang Wenchong and Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Noh Seung-yul of South Korea evened the scores when they beat Swedish pair Henrik Stenson and Johan Edfors 3 and 2.

Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa got the better of the much anticipated clash of teenage stars as he and compatriot Shunsuke Sonoda won 3 and 2 against rising Italian Matteo Manassero and Spain’s Pablo Martin, putting Asia up 2-1.

However, Montgomerie – seeking to add another continental match play series after leading Europe to the Ryder Cup in 2010 – and Davies squared the day when they defeated South Korea’s Kim Kyung-tae and Japan’s Yuta Ikeda 2 and 1.

Europe’s partnerships for Saturday’s fourball were announced as unchanged, while Asia captain Joe Ozaki had announced two switches: Singh will partner Kim against Edfors and Stenson, while Ikeda will pair with Thongchai against Hanson and Andersson Hed.

There will be four matches of four-ball on Saturday, followed by eight singles matches on Sunday.

Europe holds the Royal Trophy after a thrilling 8-1/2 to 7-1/2 win last year.

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