Royal Trophy

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Royal Trophy
Tournament information
Location 2013: Guangzhou, China
Established 2006
Course(s) 2013: Dragon Lake Golf Club
Par 2013: 72
Length 2013: 6,968 yards (6,372 m)
Format Match play
Month played December
Current champion
Europe

The Royal Trophy is a men's professional team golf tournament which was played for the first time in January 2006 at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand. The competing teams represent Europe and Asia. Eight man teams play a series of 16 matches involving foursomes, four-ball and singles for the right to hold a trophy donated by the King of Thailand. It is planned to hold the event in Thailand annually until 2011, and thereafter to stage it in Europe and Asia in alternate years.[1] The Royal Trophy is one of several team golf tournaments between teams from rival regions of the world started since the 1990s, inspired by the popularity of the Ryder Cup.[2]

Event history[edit]

Seve Ballesteros, a leading proponent of team golf competitions, captained the European team in the inaugural tournament, and Japan's Masahiro Kuramoto captained Asia. Europe's team included the highly ranked David Howell and Paul McGinley, and former World Number 1s Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam were Ballesteros's captain's picks. Europe won the inaugural event by 9 points to 7. They retained the trophy in 2007 with a 12½–3½ victory.

The 2008 event was due to take place from 11–13 January, but was postponed due to a 15 day period of national mourning for the King of Thailand's sister.[3] It was ultimately cancelled. The third edition took place in January 2009 with the Asian team winning, 10–6. In 2010, Europe won by the smallest possible margin, 8½–7½.

Results[edit]

Year Venue Winning team Score Europe captain Asia captain
2013 Dragon Lake Golf Club, China Europe 8½–7½ Spain José María Olazábal South Korea Yang Yong-eun
2012 Empire Hotel and Country Club, Brunei Asia[4] 8–8 Spain José María Olazábal Japan Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki
2011 Black Mountain Golf Club, Thailand Europe 9–7 Scotland Colin Montgomerie Japan Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki
2010 Amata Spring Country Club, Thailand Europe 8½–7½ Scotland Colin Montgomerie Japan Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki
2009 Amata Spring Country Club, Thailand Asia 10–6 Spain José María Olazábal Japan Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki
2008   Tournament cancelled
2007 Amata Spring Country Club, Thailand Europe 12½–3½ Spain Seve Ballesteros Japan Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki
2006 Amata Spring Country Club, Thailand Europe 9–7 Spain Seve Ballesteros Japan Masahiro Kuramoto

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Asia gives thumbs down to Down Under proposal". Reuters. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Ozaki to captain Asia against Seve’s Europe at Royal Trophy". The Star (Malaysia). 1 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Thailand Royal postponed due to death". The Australian. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  4. ^ Asia won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

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