Monday, December 17, 2012

Royal Trophy 2012

It's not often we get a major sporting event here in Brunei, so when it does happen, we take advantage. The Royal Trophy took place over the weekend here at the Empire Hotel and we spent a great 3 days following some of the worlds top golfers. The Royal Trophy pits Europe against Asia in a format equivalent to the Ryder Cup and the European Team did have a number of Ryder Cup players.

As is common here, people complain about the lack of events to entertain them but yet, when the opportunity arises, they don't take the chance to get up close and personal with some of golf's stars. The kids joined us for Day 1, Iman on Day 2 and the boys on Day 3 - golf etiquette had to be explained but by their second visit, they had really got into the experience !

Maria really enjoyed the freedom of catching some actions shots of the various team members but always remembering to click once they had followed through !!

The Empire course is set up for watching play from various vantage points and we struggled to keep up with the fast moving golfers. Thankfully, we knew a few shortcuts to grab some great photos !

We really enjoyed getting to know some of the Asian players including Aphibarnrat from Thailand above. Unfortunately, with Olazabal retiring on Day 3, he didn't get to play as planned !

As you can imagine, there were not so many Europeans on the course with most of the cheering in support of Asia. Despite having no Irish involvement, I still wore some colours !

Quite a lot of people were drawn to games involving Jimenez and Maria managed to catch a great photo below of a relaxed pro before his final game on Sunday !

Ultimately, the result went against Europe and it proved to be a historic victory for the Asian team. We hope that the tournament will return to Brunei - We absolutely loved it !!

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