Stenson leaves it late to claim Royal Trophy for Europe and Monty

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Colin Montgomerie received the perfect tonic ahead of this year's Ryder Cup as his European team edged a thrilling final day's singles against Asia to reclaim the Royal Trophy yesterday.

After falling behind on the opening day of the tournament, Europe battled back in yesterday's four-balls to lead 41/2-31/2 heading into the last day. Asia battled hard at the Amata Spring Country Club near Bangkok and threatened to force a play-off as they trailed by just one point with one match remaining.

But, after Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee bogeyed the last, Swede Henrik Stenson kept his cool to make par from six feet to halve the match and secure a 81/2-71/2 win for Europe. "I said at the start of the week the competition would be close," said captain Montgomerie. "It was fitting that in the fourth edition of the tournament it came down to the last match, last green and last putt."