Ishikawa-Fujita pair loses, but Asia retains lead


The Japan duo of Ryo Ishikawa and Hiroyuki Fujita lost their fourballs match on Saturday 2 and 1 to Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen on the second day of the Royal Trophy.

Asia leads Europe in the team event 5-3 as each team won one match and halved two at Dragon Lake Golf Club.

Ishikawa had four birdies over the first eight holes, when he and Fujita led by one, but the Japanese failed to maintain that pace, and their opponents ground out a victory.

The event will be decided on Sunday in eight singles matches.