Royal Trophy set for January '09

The third edition of the Royal Trophy has been confirmed for January 2009 following this year's postponement.

The competition, devised by Seve Ballesteros, pits Asia against Europe at the Amata Spring Country Club in Thailand and was first played in 2006.

This year's event was postponed as a mark of respect for the passing of Thai Princess Galyani Vadhana, but the event has been scheduled for January 9-11 next year.

Ballesteros, who has confirmed he will lead Europe for a third time, said: "The Royal Trophy will become one of the world's great sporting competitions."