Spain's Pablo Martin holed the winning putt as Europe capped a magnificent fightback by retaining the Royal Trophy with a dramatic 9-7 victory over Asia on Sunday.
Europe came into the final day trailing 6-2, but showed great character and commitment to win the singles 7-1 as Asia were crushed by a barrage of birdies at Black Mountain Golf Club.
"To come back from 6-2 behind and not to lose a match today against the strongest Asian team we have seen in this event was a fantastic performance, and all credit to the players," said a delighted Montgomerie.
"It was one of the most remarkable days that I have been part of, and I have been part of a number of remarkable days for European golf. Today probably beat the lot," he said.
"It proves the overall strength of European golf and it was an honour and a privilege to captain the team to success again after the win last year. I would love the opportunity to come back next year and go for three wins in a row."
Asia captain Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki said that the loss reflected the fickle nature of matchplay.
"I did not think it was going to be easy to win today -- I expected the European team would come back at us and try hard," he said. "It just shows the difficulty of matchplay golf.
"As a captain and a Japanese I take responsibility for the loss but I cannot say at this stage if I will continue as captain."
Liang started well with birdies at the opening two holes but Hanson hit back by winning five on the trot. He finished off Liang in brilliant fashion by chipping in from forty feet for a birdie at the 12th.
Welshman Rhys Davies kept the momentum going by picking up the second point with a comprehensive 4 and 2 victory over Japanese teenage sensation Ryo Ishikawa, and Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden further raised Europe's hopes by downing Japan's Yuta Ikeda 2 and 1.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who holed the winning putt for Europe in 2006 and 2010, produced more heroics with a birdie at the final hole to square his match with Asian Tour number one Noh Seung-yul and pick up a crucial half point.
The 19-year-old Noh was never behind against Stenson but failed to close the door on the vastly experienced world number 53, who drew Europe within a point of Asia.
\"It was important to get a half point - if I had not things could turned the other way," said Stenson.
Captain Montgomerie levelled the scores 6.5-6.5 with a 3 and 1 triumph over Japan Tour number one Kim Kyung-tae of Korea, the highest ranked player in the field.
The 47-year-old Scotsman bounced back from a heavy defeat in the fourballs on Saturday -- keeping alive his astonishing record of never having lost a singles in eight Ryder Cup and two Royal Trophy matches -- to put Europe within touching distance of a famous victory.
Italy's Matteo Manassero, wounded by two defeats to Ishikawa in foursomes and fourballs, restored his reputation by beating Japan's Shunsuke Sonoda one up, to put Europe a point ahead and set up a dramatic climax.
Source: AFP Global Edition