Europe take charge in Brunei
Holders Europe dominated Asia in the opening foursomes of the Royal Trophy in Brunei and ended the day with a 3.5-0.5 lead.
Stars of the show were Henrik Stenson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, eight under par in beating Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and South Korean Bae Sang-moon 5&4.
Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari won the top game against China's Ashun Wu and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto 2&1, then Marcel Siem and Nicolas Colsaerts defeated Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat on the final green.
A whitewash was on the cards until playing-captain Jose Maria Olazabal and fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez lost the final hole to Koreans YE Yang and KT Kim and had to settle for a half.
The match continues with four fourballs ton Saturday and then eight singles on Sunday.