Olazabal calls up Tiger-tamer for Royal Trophy

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has called up Francesco Molinari for December's Royal Trophy after the Italian's last-day heroics against Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup, organisers said Wednesday.

Olizabal, who masterminded one of golf's great comebacks by the European team at Medinah last week, said Molinari's achievement in halving his Sunday singles match against Woods was vital.

"Francesco played superbly to earn a half against Tiger, and seeing him trading blows with America's most famous player was great for European morale," said the Spaniard in a press release.

"The realisation that we could get something out of that match -- when most people would probably have seen it as a definite point for the USA -- took a lot of pressure off the boys who went out earlier."

Molinari, 29, will now join his Ryder Cup team-mates Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colsaerts, as well as Colin Montgomerie in Brunei from December 14-16 as Europe defends the Royal Trophy against Joe Ozaki's Asian team.

Ozaki has already nominated Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and South Korea's Yang Y.E. Yang, the first Asian to win a major, among his early picks, with other members of both teams set to be announced later.