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Honours even after day one in Thailand

The honours were shared on the opening day of the Royal Trophy in Thailand.

Colin Montgomerie's Europe side finished Friday's (January 7th) play with the scores tied at 2-2 against their opponents, Asia.

In sweltering conditions that required light and airy golf clothing, Europe struck first at Hua Hin's Black Mountain Golf Club to take an early lead, but the hosts fought back.

Swedish partners Peter Hanson and Fredrik Andersson Hed played a fine round to claim the first point in their match against Thai pro Thongchai Jaidee and his partner, Jeev Milkha Singh.

Singh was only passed fit shortly before the tournament and ambled through his round, failing to card a single birdie.

The final margin of victory was comprehensive, as the Swedes claimed the win with five holes to play.

Asia levelled in the next match and then took the lead as Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and Shunsuke Sononda beat Matteo Manassero and Pablo Martin 3&2.

However, Monty joined forces with Rhys Davies to secure the final point against Uta Ikeda and Kim Kyung-tae as the two sides shared the opening-day spoils.

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