Guangzhou, China: Asia Pacific produced a dominant display in Sunday’s singles to win OneAsia’s Dongfeng Nissan Cup for a third time in four years after completing a record 15-9 victory over defending champions China at a damp Foison Golf Club.
Peter Thomson’s Asia Pacific team won eight of the 12 matches on the final day of the Ryder Cup-style match play event, with Australian duo Ryan Fox and Scott Laycock, Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, Japanese pair Daisuke Maruyama and Nobuhiro Masuda, Korea Republic’s Kim Hyung-tae, Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines and Malaysian Khor Kheng Hwai all claiming victories.
China led 4-2 after Friday’s opening fourballs, but after claiming just one win during Saturday’s foursomes to slip a point behind after two rounds, only Liang Wenchong, Hu Mu and 19-year-old Nanshan China Masters winner Li Haotong prevailed on Sunday, with the contest between New Zealand’s Mark Brown and Wu Ashun halved as Asia Pacific won the final day singles 8½-3½ en route to overall victory.
“We promised to be modest in victory and humble in defeat so you can see which one we have picked now. We played some good golf in some pretty funny conditions today and it was a good effort,” said Asia Pacific captain Thomson, who was also in charge for the successes in 2011 and 2012 as well as last year’s defeat.
“The players reacted after my plea for them to get serious and play hard after the first round. The second and third days were a surprise to us to outscore the China team, and it was beyond our wildest dreams we would win by such a margin.”
China vice-captain Wang Jun said: “We lost, but it’s a good experience for our young players. Today was good and some of the China players who have a lot of experience still played well under pressure. Some of the younger players lost, but they are playing for the first time.
“This format is very good for the young Chinese players who can get a lot of experience through this tournament. It’s good for the young Chinese players and good for Chinese golf fans to see what progress China has made.
“Asia Pacific had very strong players. All of them have played professional tournaments for many years, so they are very competitive and have a lot of experience.”