1 Nov 2008

Asia gives thumbs down to Down Under golfers

12:16 pm on 1 November 2008

Asia has rejected a proposal to include New Zealand and Australian golfers in the region's team to face Europe in the Royal Trophy.

Last year Europe crushed Asia 12-½ to 3-½ in the matchplay event, prompting organisers to consider following other sports by including Australasians in Asian events.

Under the proposal New Zealand's Michael Campbell, former world number one Fijian Vijay Singh, and

Australia's Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy would have been among those considered for two places on the eight-man Asian team.

But organisers believe the standard of Asian golf is improving fast and they have players good enough to win the Royal Trophy.