Golf: Asia win it, Gangnam style

Above photo is Asia team captain Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki.

It was all too fitting.

When South Korea's Kim Kyung Tae sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole, Asia team captain Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki burst into a Gangnam-style victory dance on the 18th.

When Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts slid his five-foot birdie putt agonisingly wide moments later, the victory dances began again.

Kim and his South Korean fourball partner Yang Yong Eunhad just completed a stunning comeback for Asia,who squared the score at 8-8 before lifting the Royal Trophy at The Empire Country Club here on monday after the first play-off hole.

"KimandYang arefrom Korea, somaybe, yes... perfect celebrations."

"I am so proud of all my players, but especially Kim," said a beaming Ozaki.

It was hard to envisage an Asian victory when they were routed 3½-½ in the Foursomes matches on Day One.

But they pulled back to within a point of a European team containing six players with Ryder Cup experience by claiming the Fourball session 3-1 on the second day.

It was still a tall order for Asia yesterday against European opponents who have become accustomed to running away with the Singles.

Europe overturned a 6-2 deficit by winning the Singles 7-1 at the 2011 Royal Trophy, and their final-day comeback to overturn a 10-6 American lead at the Ryder Cup in September has been dubbed "The Miracle of Medinah".

Yesterday, Asia turned the tables on Europe, edging the singles session 4½-3½ to level the contest, taking the event into a fourball play-off on the 18th between Asia's Kim and Yang and Europe's Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari.

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