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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2007, 09:49 GMT
Europe cruise to Royal Trophy win
Darren Clarke
Clarke scored the point that saw the trophy retained
Europe handed Asia a crushing 12-3 defeat to retain the Royal Trophy at the Amata Spring Golf Club in Bangkok.

The defending champions won five of the eight singles matches on Sunday.

Only local golfer Thongchai Jaidee could stop the European juggernaut, defeating Sweden's Niclas Fasth 2&1 in the day's final game.

Darren Clarke drew his match with Prom Meesawat to confirm the retention of the trophy while Sweden's Johan Edfors beat SK Ho to seal outright victory.

England's Lee Westwood had already given the Europeans their first win by defeating Japan's Toru Taniguchi.

There were also wins for Paul McGinley, Anthony Wall and Robert Karlsson, while Henrik Stenson halved with YE Yang.

"That was fantastic golf from our side," said European captain Seve Ballesteros. "These are Ryder Cup champions. They beat the Americans very badly, so this was not a surprise.

"The Asian team played very well, but we played much better.

"I think a couple of things made the difference. The Asian team did not have quite the experience that the Europeans had and our side played unbelievable golf."



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