Eurasia Cup. Comeback Kings of Asia Square Match.

dragon logo dark Asia were dubbed the comeback Kings as they fought to square the match with Europe on the final day of singles in the Eurasia Cup, at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee  (Getty Images)

 

Both Captains and shared Trophy / Getty Images

The Eurasia Cup  finished in a 10-10 draw after a thrilling Asian fightback during the Saturday singles, it came down to the last match on the last green. Both teams had a birdie putt on the last hole to win, but they both missed. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño made his par putt and then conceded the putt of Hideto Tanihara, to finish all square.

It was a thrilling end to the match and a brilliant result for the Asian Team. Team Europe started the day needing only 3 1/2 points from the ten available to be played for, to win. Actually they could still have won had Gonzalo sunk a short putt for par on the 15th when he was one up. The frailties of the claw grip coming to the fore, he did redeem himself with an eagle on the next hole, but the advantage was gone.

For a long time it  looked like Asia were threatening to produce a victory to rival Europe’s ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in the 2012 Ryder Cup.

 Team Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee  started the stunning fightback by beating the Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell       3 and 2.

Team Europe captain Miguel Angel Jiménez beat  Nicholas Fung with a birdie on the 18th,  one up. Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Thomas Björn 2 and 1. Kim Hyung-sung dispatched  Pablo Larrazábal 4 and 2, while   Prayad Marksaeng and Jamie Donaldson finished all square.

 Stephen Gallacher lost to Siddikur Rahman, and Thorbjorn Olesen went down to Gaganjeet Bhullar, both losses were 4 and 3. Victor Dubuissson succumbed to Anirban Lahiri 4 and 2. The only other win for Europe came from a delighted Joost Luiten, who just managed to see off Koumei Oda 1 up in tense finish to the match.

Golf is an amazing game, last week Adam Scott looked to have the game sewn up after just two rounds, he eventually lost, and here Team Europe won the first day 5-0 and then were lucky to survive for the draw.

Lydia Ko, 2013 Season Starts at Australia Amateur Championships.

Lydia Ko / Canadian Open Trophy with Royal Canadian Mounties /cbssports.com

Lydia Ko the New Zealand World Number One Amateur player, and winner of last years LPGA Tour Canadian Open, starts her 2013 season off at the Australia Amateur Championships, in Melbourne tomorrow. Lydia is the defending Champion.

The 15-year-old New Zealand sportswoman of the year candidate, and world’s leading female amateur, has not played a tournament since the Swinging Skirts Ladies World Masters in Taipei early last December. But according to her coach, Guy Wilson, the director of instruction at the New Zealand Institute of Golf, Lydia has been hard at it and not relaxing too much;

” The only reason she got a day off on Christmas Day was because the courses were closed. She had New Year’s Day off as well, otherwise there’s been no real relaxing, it’s been eight hours a day, seven days a week.”

Lydia has received funding from High Performance Sport New Zealand, it amounts to $230,000 NZ over the next two years. This cash injection makes it easier for her to participate in some of the  prestigious tournaments in the United States and Europe. Coach Wilson is delighted;

“She will play in all the Majors this year.”

He also stated that Lydia was looking forward to the challenges this year, and remaining the Ladies World Number One Amateur, but importantly continuing her education at her chosen college in the United States;

“It’s all important for her to continue to be the world No.1 amateur and have really good finishes so when she does turn pro she is as marketable as she is now. The good thing is she’s playing in a lot more events with real profile, which should help her as well.” 

Good Luck Lydia, we will be watching you !!!